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Alexander Pope

(1688—1744) poet

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Dunciad

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A mock‐heroic satire by Pope, of which three books were published anonymously in 1728. In 1729, again anonymously, Pope published The Dunciad Variorum, which added notes and other...

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Essay on Criticism

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A didactic poem in heroic couplets by Pope, published anonymously 1711. It begins with an exposition of the rules of taste and the authority to be attributed to the ancient writers on the...

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Essay on Man

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A philosophical poem in heroic couplets by Pope, published 1733–4.

It consists of four epistles addressed to Bolingbroke, and perhaps to some extent inspired by his fragmentary...

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Rape of the Lock

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A poem by Pope, in two cantos, published in Lintot's Miscellany 1712; subsequently enlarged to five cantos and thus published 1714.

When Lord Petre having forcibly cut off a lock...

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Windsor Forest

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A topographical poem by Pope in the genre of Cooper's Hill by Denham, published 1713, to celebrate the Peace of Utrecht; it combines description of landscape with historical, literary, and...

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