Dryden’s comparative criticism of beaumont and fletcher
Literary Theory and Criticism; western
Prepared by: Drashti Mehta
Submitted to: Smt S.B.Gardi
Department of English
• John Dryden (1631-1700) is
reputed as the father of English
literary Criticism .
• John Dryden was English poet and
• He presented the two conflicting
claims of the two sides as a debate
among four friends.
John Fletcher( 1579-1625)
• English poet and playwright.
• Best known for his collaborations with fellow
playwright Francis Beaumont.
• Most scholars acknowledge that Fletcher’s real
talent lay in Comedy, especially in the genre of
• Write into lines of 11 and sometimes 12
syllables, and he frequently employs run- on
lines to achieve his goal.
• His work strongly influenced his contemporaries
as well as successors.
• Beaumont retired in 1614.
• These collaboration had helped establish both
men in the ranks of the best dramatists.
Dryden’s comment on Beaumont and
• Beaumont and Fletcher’s collaborative efforts are
characterized by ingenious plots, diversified characters and
• Comedies -witty and sophisticated, foreshadow the
licentious comedies of the restoration.
• Imitated the conversation of gentlemen much better
whose debaucheries, quickness of wit can never be painted
• Comedies- delightful , Pathos- serious.
The Maid’s tragedy (1610)
A King and No King (1611)
The Captain (1613)