December 10, 2007

Dryden on the Year of Wonders

It's been a while since I've written about poet John Dryden, who this town is named for, but an alert reader pointed me to this show on Dryden's response to the wild events of the year 1666. (It requires RealPlayer,...

Posted by simon at 8:54 AM

March 20, 2005

How sweet it is to love!

About a year ago, I published a poem by John Dryden (1631-1700), namesake of this town. While I still wonder what he would think of this place after his years as a poet in England's turbulent 17th century, it seems...

Posted by simon at 9:45 AM

March 17, 2004

Song to a fair young lady, going out of the town in the spring

The first verse of this poem, written by Dryden's namesake, the poet John Dryden (1631-1700), seems especially appropriate as we approach the first official day of spring, but switch suddenly from mud with a few flowers starting to grow to...

Posted by simon at 4:50 PM