What is the subject matter of the poem ''Windsor Forest'' by Alexander Pope?

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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 generation of Romantics such as Wordsworth and Coleridge. If the Neo-classicists invoked nature in their work it was always for the purpose of saying something about humanity, either in the general sense, or as it relates to a specific time and place.

The two are expertly fused together in Pope's "Windsor Forest." In relating the ancient history of the forest, Pope highlights the timelessness of human nature, with its overriding desire for peace and tranquility. It is Pope's fervent wish that the peacefulness of the forest will come to be replicated by the reign of Queen Anne, which he hopes will display the...

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