Pope's Essay on Man is typical of its period in both poetic technique and in the philosophy it expresses.
Like virtually all neoclassical verse, the Essay on Man is written in heroic couplets (rhymed iambic pentameter). In addition to the purely technical aspects of meter and rhyme, there is often a tension within the couplet between opposing ideas, or the enunciation of an apparent paradox. Throughout the essay, Pope's conception of man focuses upon the ironic juxtaposition of grandeur and imperfection. Man is both great and little, wise and ignorant, good and bad:
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd:
The glory, jest, and riddle of the world !
Neoclassicism regards man in limited terms, in contrast to Romanticism 100 years later with its view of man as a godlike being. Pope...
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