Absalom and Achitophel


John Dryden

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Tory / Anti-Bromingham Term Analysis

The political party formed in England during Dryden’s time to oppose the Whigs and the Exclusion Bill. In the “To the Reader” section, the poet refers to Tories as “anti-Brominghams,” which means those who are anti-Whig. It was a nickname that became popular for those who opposed the Exclusion Bill.

Tory / Anti-Bromingham Quotes in Absalom and Achitophel

The Absalom and Achitophel quotes below are all either spoken by Tory / Anti-Bromingham or refer to Tory / Anti-Bromingham. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Absalom and Achitophel published in 2001.
To the Reader Quotes

’Tis not my intention to make an apology for my poem: some will think it needs no excuse, and others will receive none. The design, I am sure, is honest; but he who draws his pen for one party must expect to make enemies of the other. For wit and fool are consequents of Whig and Tory, and every man is a knave or an ass to the contrary side. There’s a treasury of merits in the fanatic church as well as in the papist; and a pennyworth to be had of saintship, honesty, and poetry for the lewd, the factious, and the blockheads; but the longest chapter in Deuteronomy has not curses enough for an anti- Bromingham.

Page Number: 111
Explanation and Analysis:
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Tory / Anti-Bromingham Term Timeline in Absalom and Achitophel

The timeline below shows where the term Tory / Anti-Bromingham appears in Absalom and Achitophel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
To the Reader
Politics, Allegory, and Satire Theme Icon
God, Religion, and the Divine Right of Kings Theme Icon
...worth in dividing a nation. Still, there are not enough curses in Deuteronomy for an “anti-Bromingham.” (full context)