John Dryden is buried in 'Poets' Corner' Westminster Abbey, London,
England. (He was buried
near to Chaucer.)
After the death of William D'Avenant, Dryden became the first
official Poet Laureate.
However, following the Glorious Revolution of 1688 (when William and Mary
succeeded to the throne) Dryden, who had become a catholic, lost his
position as Poet Laureate to his arch enemy Thomas Shadwell. Dryden satirised
Shadwell in his poem MacFlecknoe - referring to him as the heir to the
kingdom of poetic dullness. (MacFlecknoe was almost certainly a
major inspiration for Alexander Pope's
Dryden was one of the leading neo-classical (Augustan) poets - along
with Swift, Addison and Pope. In an attempt to
move away from the work of the Elizabethan poets they drew inspiration
from roman poets such as Ovid, Horace and Juvenal.
Photograph by Mike