And then, of course, Dryden manages to name drop every single freaking English literary figure within 100 years. Most of these references are pretty obscure; guys like John Ogleby and Thomas Dekker aren't exactly heavy hitters in British literature. But Dryden does remind us of a few noteworthy names, including the great playwright Ben Jonson.
But the name Dryden really wants us to remember is Thomas Shadwell. Dryden's archrival and fellow English poet and playwright, the unfortunate Shadwell is the butt of pretty much every joke in "Mac Flecknoe," and the axis around which the entire poem revolves. Dryden takes care to reference what seems like every piece of writing Shadwell ever produced, and mock every one of his characters worth mentioning—probably not the most flattering shout out Shadwell could have hoped for.