Discuss the relationship between form and content in Pope's An Essay on Criticism.

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What is so suitable about the relationship between form and content is the way that Pope chooses to write his guide on criticism of poetry in poetic form. This allows him to present the reader with a series of examples of bad and good poetry, whilst also satirising the failings of various critics to do their job properly. Pope therefore ironically produces a poem that is about the mechanics of what constitutes "good" poetry, and he deliberately uses the form to present the reader with a series of good and bad...

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