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What is the summary of lines 75-90 in Alexander Pope's poetic essay, "An Essay on Criticism"?

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In order to understand this passage, you have to begin where the passage begins. It is no good beginning to analyze or summarize a passage of poetry where the punctuation indicates a continuing thought. You must begin where the thought in interest starts. In this case, the beginning of this passage is line 68, which is also the start of this stanza. Poetic line-end punctuation is critical to attend to and the important punctuation that is a full stop (period) is at line 67. The same rationale applies when determining to end a passage: end at the closest period to the bit worrying you or of interest to you. This passage ends at line 91. The passage begins:

First follow Nature, and your Judgment frame
By her just Standard, which is still the same:
Unerring Nature, still divinely bright, [70]
One clear, unchang'd and Universal Light,
Life, Force, and Beauty, must to all impart,
At once the Source, and End, and Test of Art.

An encapsulation of Pope's point in this passage is that poetry, inspired...

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