What are the poetic achievements of Alexander Pope?

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Alexander Pope is generally regarded as one of the most important of the 18th century British poets. His first major achievement was a translation of Homer's Iliad into rhymed heroic couplets. Although the famous classicist, Richard Bentley, claimed it was inaccurate (he said "A very pretty poem, Mr. Pope, but you must not call it Homer"), it was extremely popular. He was a major figure in the revival of the classics and a notion of taste based on Roman poetry, especially Horace. As a poet, he was renowned for his satirical works, especially the "Dunciad", "Rape of the Lock", and "Essay on Criticism", as well as his mastery of the heroic couplet.


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