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Milton, Dryden, and the Ideology of Genre


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Samson Agonistes was Milton's creative response to the political and social forces that shaped the values of the Restoration theater. These forces included the domination of Crown and Court, the ideological predilections and beliefs of the courtier playwrights and their coterie audience, and the prevalent literary taste and stage practices. The rhymed heroic play, especially as it was developed by . John Dryden, poet laureate and royal historiographer, most clearly exemplifies the varied social and theatrical elements that constitute the ethos and ideology of early Restoration drama.1

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