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Alexander Pope

(1688—1744) poet

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Aaron Hill

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(1685–1750),

wrote the libretto for Handel's Rinaldo (1711). He was satirized by Pope in The Dunciad, and responded in The Progress of Wit (1730). He was responsible for launching...

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act and scene divisions

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

Of the original quartos of Shakespeare's plays, none is divided into numbered scenes (although in Q1 Romeo and Juliet a printer's ornament occasionally appears where new scenes begin) and...

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Alessandro Tassoni

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(1565–1635)

Italian poet, philosopher, historian, politician, and member of several learned Academies. He joined the entourage of Cardinal Ascanio Sforza in Rome (1597) and later...

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Alexander Gerard

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1728–95)

Scottish divine. Gerard succeeded Fordyce as professor in Aberdeen, after the latter drowned in a shipwreck. His one philosophical work was the Essay on Taste (1759), the...

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Ambrose Philips

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(1674–1749),

poet, is remembered chiefly for his quarrel with Pope over the relative merits of their pastorals. Pope drew, in the Guardian (No. 40, 1713), ‘a comparison of...

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Andrew Michael Ramsay

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1686–1743)

Andrew Ramsay was born at Ayr in Scotland on 9 July 1686 and died at St Germaine-en-Laye, France on 6 May 1743. French by adoption, the Duke of Orléans ...

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Anne Finch

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(1661–1720),

poet, born near Newbury, the daughter of Sir William Kingsmill, and orphaned when young. In 1684 she married Colonel Heneage Finch, who succeeded to the title in 1712....

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anonymity

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography.

[Greek ‘nameless’]

A state where a person's name or other identifying characteristics are not known. A characteristic of internet communication of the kind that takes place in...

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anthology

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A published collection of poems or other pieces of writing; a similar collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album. The word comes, in the mid 17th century, via French or...

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Archibald Campbell

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Archibald Campbell was born in Edinburgh on 24 July 1691 into a family of merchants, and died on 24 April 1756. He studied in Edinburgh and Glasgow, obtained a licence to preach in 1718 and...

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