John Dryden was England's first Poet Laureate (1668) and still remains an influential poet in the British literary canon. He has written some of the most valuable work that has emerged from Restoration England, to the extent that the period was defined by many of his innovations.
Ah, How Sweet It Is to Love is a work by John Dryden that doesn’t fall under his conventional writing style, but is enigmatic and intriguing nonetheless. This poem conflates the themes of love, pain and time and fuses theme into a beautiful whole. The poem essentially speaks of the beautiful pain that comes with love, and delineates the innocent love experienced in youth. It then seems to travel through time while at the same time comparing both love and time and appreciating their cosmic value and translating it for the reader to experience.