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Explain the following lines of Alexander Pope's "Windsor Forest." Here earth and water seem to strive again, Not chaos-like together crushed and bruised But as the world, harmoniously confused

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During the 18th Century, Alexander Pope was known as...

...the greatest English poet since John Milton.

And while this impression did not last in the Romantic and Victorian eras, this poem shows how he could have be praised in this way. 

In "Windsor Forest," Pope introduces "Eden," a Biblical allusion to the Garden of Eden. "Eden" is capitalized (a proper noun) and italicized, showing the author's desire to emphasize the importance of the word, but in lines 12-14, Pope also emphasizes "Chaos" in the same way.

This again provides a Biblical allusion. It would seem also that Pope is making a clear comparison between the beauty of Eden and that of Windsor Forest. In referring to chaos, he is alluding to the condition of the world before God placed His hands upon the unformed earth, eventually turning it into the very place that housed the often-praised Garden.

Refer to the Biblical account of the creation of the world, in Genesis 1:2—

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface...

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