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Explain Pope as satirist with regards to Dr. Arboutnot.

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I recommend reading Pope's "An Essay on Man" and "An Essay on Criticism" to get a sense of how Pope makes fun of wits who imitate nature. In his Epsitle, Pope ironically imitates Horace's persuasive rhetoric by employing the heroic couplet, an ironic form, given that he is not elevating his subject material, but instead, like Horace subtly, but at times, not so subtly, condemning the vice of cleverness, claiming his own position of literary virtue as one who speaks the truth. In short, he cleverly condemns the cleverness of wits via form and content.

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