The real wit and rigour of Oldham's satirical poetry are undeniable, while its faults - its frenzied extravagance and lack of metrical polish - might, as Dryden suggests, have been cured with time, for Oldham was only thirty when he died.
At the close of the 17th century Dryden greatly excelled in this class of poetry, and his epistles to Congreve (1694) and to the duchess of Ormond (1700) are among the most graceful and eloquent that we possess.
In 1673 the poet Dryden produced his tragedy of Amboyna, or the Cruelties of the Dutch to the English Merchants.
Samuel von Triewald (1688-1743) played a very imperfect Dryden to Dalin's Pope.
In November Dryden published Absalom and Achitophel.
These were written in their author's chosen vein of light satire, and Dryden praised them as highly effective within their own range.
Brydone, Teonge, John Dryden jun., W.
Among the Lives the best are perhaps those of Cowley, Dryden and Pope.
Hunting the Le Art de venerie, translated with preface and notes by Sir Henry Dryden (1893), new edition by Miss A.
He was laid, a week later, in Westminster Abbey, among the eminent men of whom he had been the historian - Cowley and Denham, Dryden and Congreve, Gay, Prior and Addison.