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What are Pope's views on politics? In what works does Pope discuss his views?  How do his views compare to those of Jonathan Swift?

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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 Pope's political leanings shifted as a result.  It was about this time that Pope began to identify himself as a Tory - the party who fell out of favor.  Though Pope's political identity clearly reacts to these historical forces, it does not emerge explicitly in his works.  His political outlook comes out on more subtle levels.  Rather than write a treatise on the Jacobite...

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