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The surface meaning of the poem concerns an exploration about what defines humanity. Pope uses the rhyme scheme of alternating lines to explore the idea that humans are a work in progress, in...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2009, 11:42 pm (UTC)

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In his "Ode to Solitude," Pope asserts that happiness can be found in living a retired, quiet, and self-sufficient life on one's own land. In the first stanza, the speaker finds contentment on a...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019, 3:49 am (UTC)

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Alexander Pope uses quite a few literary devices in his poem "The Universal Prayer." One device is alliteration, or repetition of the same first letter in adjacent or close words. Pope does this in...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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In Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock," the "rules," as he describes them in "An Essay on Criticism," would not apply at all because "The Rape of the Lock" is not serious, but lightly satirical...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011, 4:09 am (UTC)

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The term neoclassical is applied to the age of Dryden and Pope in English poetry for two principal reasons. First, there was a self-conscious effort by writers to pattern their work after that of...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2018, 5:11 am (UTC)

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Pope extended and perfected the poetic technique of his great predecessor John Dryden. Ever since the Restoration in 1660, English poetry had taken a direction in which there was an increasing...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018, 5:40 am (UTC)

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Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was one of the most prolific writers in the early eighteenth-century. In addition to several major poems--Essay on Man, Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock, The...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012, 11:33 pm (UTC)

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This quote tells us the importance of empathy, of finding the good in people, and of showing mercy to one another. In the first line, the narrator is seeking to feel for himself the sorrow that...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2015, 3:23 am (UTC)

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According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the definition of an epigram is: "A concise poem dealing pointedly and often satirically with a single thought or event and often ending with an...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019, 3:08 am (UTC)

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The Augustan Age spans the first half of the eighteenth century, and among other things, it was characterized by its scathing satire. Satire is a literary device that criticizes, ridicules, and...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2021, 12:11 am (UTC)

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The Augustan era in English poetry was named after—and, to some extent, modeled on—the Augustan era in Rome, when Horace was the most famous satirist. Horatian satire is comparatively mild and...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2021, 2:09 pm (UTC)

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When Pope first became active in British politics, he aligned himself with the Whigs, the party less in power. The balance of power actually shifted after the Glorious Revolution in 1688/89, and...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2009, 3:39 pm (UTC)

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Pope is presenting a vicious circle type of situation, recognized by succeeding generations throughout time. Most children go through a period of being convinced that their parents and other elders...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2012, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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Literary commentators have sometimes analyzed the differences in style between Pope and Swift by alluding to the Latin poets upon whom they modeled their work. Pope, we are often told, patterned...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018, 4:55 am (UTC)

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Alexander Pope was very much the epitome of early eighteenth-century English poetry. In his elegant, witty, and polished verse, he exemplified the prevailing artistic standards of the age. At that...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020, 9:22 am (UTC)

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Pope seems to have been alternately infatuated or sincerely in love with both of the Blount sisters, Theresa and Martha, for many years during his adult life, but it seems to be Martha who was...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2012, 9:24 am (UTC)

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Neo-classical poets such as Pope weren't much interested in the intrinsic joy and beauty of the natural world. This is just one of the many characteristics that separated them from the next...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019, 5:24 am (UTC)

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If we were asked to undertake a detailed analysis of Alexander Pope's poem "Epistle to Burlington" (also known as "An Epistle to the Right Honourable Richard Earl of Burlington"), we'd focus on...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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Donne was a metaphysical poet. Critics (such as Pope and Samuel Johnson) used "metaphysical" in a derogatory way citing that Donne dealt too much in philosophical ideas and that his preoccupation...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010, 11:43 pm (UTC)

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One way in which these writers and others in the 18th century used to write satire was through the mock heroic form of poetry. This is where the author deliberately uses the conventions and style...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2013, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2013, 4:17 am (UTC)

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Yes, "Windsor Forest" is centrally about celebrating Britain and its empire. In the first part of the poem, written when he was a teenager, Pope celebrates Windsor Forest as representative of...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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Alexander Pope’s poem “The Immortality of Verse,” is a loose translation of part of Horace’s Ode IV.ix, “To Lollius.” Pope substitutes appropriate English equivalents for Horace’s references to...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019, 8:14 am (UTC)

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There is a difference between being a misogynist as an individual and having the normal attitudes about gender roles within a society in which those roles are assumed to be distinct. We have no...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012, 2:33 am (UTC)

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To add to another answer that addresses the other poem, in “Impromptu II: To a Lady” Alexander Pope represents most women as having bad character. The second line of the first stanza says, "Most...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019, 5:12 pm (UTC)

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An Enlightenment thinker and writer, Alexander Pope believed that rationality and reason are the purview of God and but one creature of God’s creation: man (the human being). Pope posited that...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2009, 7:04 am (UTC)

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Edmund Curll was a publisher and a bookseller who cared only about profit, not about the quality of the work he was selling. He published badly written (hack) works and sensational works, and...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016, 8:58 pm (UTC)

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Most of Alexander Pope's work embodies a wish to point out and judge what he considered flaws in the contemporary world, chiefly the intellectual milieu of the time. Behind much of his writing lies...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2021, 5:09 am (UTC)

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Pope wrote "Windsor Forest," from which the above lines are taken, to celebrate the new international relations between nations that Pope saw developing after the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2012, 1:19 am (UTC)

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The actual location of Windsor Forest is Berkshire England and it once stretched over most of Berkshire. It was made famous by many Kings who like to hunt for stag and other animals. King Henry...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2009, 5:05 pm (UTC)

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Political satire is a form of entertainment meant to poke fun at politics. It is often subversive in nature but does necessarily carry a specific agenda. It can take the form of parody, caricature,...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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