Marriage à-la-mode

Marriage la mode John Dryden August May nicknamed Town Bayes was an influential English poet literary critic translator and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England to such a

  • Title: Marriage à-la-mode
  • Author: John Dryden
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  • Page: 255
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  • John Dryden 9 August 1631 1 May 1700 nicknamed Town Bayes was an influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden Walter Scott named him Glorious John He was Poet Laureate in 1688.

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    1. A comedy of concealed identities, attempted infidelities & untrustworthy friends, with a terribly improbable conclusion. I really enjoyed this lighthearted play that's somewhere between "A Comedy of Errors," William Congreve & Oscar Wilde. Here's a choice excerpt that demonstrates why: Rhodophil: Prythee leave me to my own cogitation; I am thinking over all my sins to find for which of them it was I married thee.Doralice: Whatever your sin was, mine's the punishment.

    2. It never ceases to amaze me how blatantly sexual the literature of the Restoration was. Marriage a la Mode lived up to the idea I have of that time period, with sexual innuendoes, double entendres, and no small amount of wit.

    3. For a 17th century play, this was hilariously bawdy and quite captivating. This play follows two plot lines: a royal tragedy concerning a lost and found heir, and a comedy about two couples who hate the one they're with. The writing is great, the characters touching and funny, and overall this is a wonderful piece.

    4. Read it for Plays, Players, Playgoers: London, 1600-1700. This one is a bit schizophrenic, as it couples heroic tragedy with sex comedy, but the two elements never completely entertwine properly. It's an okay play; the wit is fun and Doralice and Rhodophil are great as the bickering married couple, but there's just not enough here.

    5. [These notes were made in 1983:]. Read for exams. A "noble" (tho' not tragic) plot and a "comic" (i.e. sexual mixups) plot, almost entirely unconnected. Very curious, and fun - 2 plays for the price of one!

    6. a bit tough to adjust to the 18th century mannerisms, but overall a great, saucy play, full of lewd humour and hilarious intentions.

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