(a) Flecknoe is compared to Augustus. Both these rulers were young when they were called to empire, and had reigned for a very long time.
(b) Flecknoe decided to settle the succession of the State. He decided to do this because he had aged and had become worn out with business, i.e. become tired of his job.
(c) The king wanted his successor to be able to wage the immortal war with wit, and therefore be very similar to himself.
(d) Flecknoe chooses his son Shadwell as his successor as his stupidity was absolute, and had been so since his childhood. There was no pretence in his foolishness, the ‘night’ of his mind was genuine and impenetrable. His goodly fabric makes him seem as if he were designed for thoughtless majesty.
(e) Shadwell is compared to the monarch oaks that grew in the kingdom because he is just as thoughtless and static as they are. Both, the tree and Shadwell will supinely reign over the land.
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