Comment on Pope's An Epistle to Dr.Arbuthnot as a typical example of Augustan satire.
Pope's Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot follows all the conventions of Augustan satire. It is written in heroic couplets of great metrical regularity (the Elizabethan dramatist, for instance, sometimes thinks it a virtue to depart from strict iambic pentameter, the Augustan satirist almost never does). There is a balance to many of the lines that is also typically Augustan, with a caesura between two (often contrasting) descriptive phrases:
A cherub's face, a reptile all the rest;Beauty that shocks you, parts that none will trust,Wit that can creep, and pride that licks the dust.
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