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CL 398B: Reception of the Iliad: Chapman, Dryden & Pope

Chapman's Homer

For a biographical overview, see the entry on George Chapman in the Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature.

For a critical study of Chapman, look at

  • George Chapman: A Critical Study by Millar MacLure at PR2453 .M3
  • or George Chapman by Charlotte Spivack at PR2453 .S6.

Dryden & Homer

For some background, try looking into the Cambridge Companion to John Dryden.

Essays in this volume include:

Dryden's London

Dryden and the modes of Restoration sociability

Dryden and patronage

Dryden's triplets

Find it in Miller Library at PR3424 .C36 2004

Read a brief online biography in the Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays includes two essays addressing his translations from Homer.

'The Last Parting of Hector and Andromache'


'According to my Genius': Dryden's translation of 'The First Book of Homer's Ilias'

PR3424 .J64 2000

Another source for more general information:

"When Beauty Fires the Blood" : Love and the Arts in the Age of Dryden

 PR3427.L65 W56 1992

-- the first chapter is on Dryden and the culture of the Restoration

For an accessible discussion of Dryden's verse, see

John Dryden

by David Hopkins

 PR3424 .H67 1986

ch.1, beginning p.16

And for Dryden's approach to translating,

Dryden and the art of translation,

by William Frost

PR3424 .F75

in which see, especially, pp. 55-6 and 64-8 comparing translations by Dryden and Pope of passages of the Iliad. 

Click here to find more books of criticism on Dryden.


Pope's Iliad

A general resource -

The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope

especially the following essays:

Pope's versification and voice

Poetic spaces

Pope's Homer and his poetic career

PR3634 .C36 2007

See also:

David Hopkin's essay, "Colonization, Closure or Creative Dialogue?: The Case of Pope's Iliad" in A Companion to Classical Receptions

PA3009 .C66 2008


For a particular view --

Pope, Homer, and Manliness

PR3637.M36 W55 1993

especially the central section of the book: Gender in Pope's Homer

For passages with commentary and selection of Pope's notes:

Pope's Iliad: A Selection with Commentary

PA4025.A35 P66 2002

For more criticism and interpretation of Alexander Pope's work, click here.

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