The Interplay of Past and Present in Dryden's 'Palamon and Arcite'

April 2008
Seventeenth Century;Spring2008, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p142
Academic Journal
Dryden's 'Palamon and Arcite', first published in Fables Ancient and Modern (1700), is a version of Chaucer's 'The Knight's Tale'. Through close attention to the relationship between the two texts, this article shows how Dryden's translation interpreted Chaucer's original, creating a milieu in which classical, medieval, and Restoration motifs are combined. Particular attention is paid to Dryden's reworking of the religious and political elements in Chaucer's poem.


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