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Dryden and the Traces of Classical Rome$
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Paul Hammond

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184119.001.0001

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Rome and the English Nation

Rome and the English Nation

(p.69) 2 Rome and the English Nation
Dryden and the Traces of Classical Rome

Paul Hammond

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Dryden's use of Latin quotation and allusion to Rome in poems which address political issues and significant moments in the nation's history. In such texts, the turn to Latin translates the present and its debates into a time and place which are no longer either contemporary or past, home or foreign, but newly shaped conceptual spaces in which the fluid and contested language of the present can be brought under control. The macaronic time and space fashioned through these citations enable Dryden to manage the discourse of the nation through an act of translation.

Keywords:   Dryden, poetry, English, Latin, political prose

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