All for Love; or, the World Well Lost



  • A tragedy in blank verse by John Dryden, first performedin 1677 in London. The plot is derived from Shakespeare's Antonyand Cleopatra, but with Dryden expanding the last hours of thedoomed lovers into a five-act drama that focuses on the conflict betweenlove and honour. All for Love is the most successful exampleof an English tragedy influenced by classical French drama. The unitiesof time, place, and action are strictly observed. The result is ataut well-constructed work that lacks the sweep and grandeur of Shakespeare'streatment. The tone is also noticeably bleaker. Nevertheless, it hassome excellent poetry and provides rich acting parts. It is the mostfrequently revived of Dryden's plays.