Eloisa to Abelard

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Alexander Pope (1688—1744) poet

Peter Abelard (1079—1142) French scholar, theologian, and philosopher


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A heroic epistle by Pope, published 1717. Pope's version of the tragic love of Héloïse and Abelard portrays Héloïse, in a Gothic seclusion of ‘grots and caverns’, still tormented by passionate love, unable to renounce for God the memory of the ‘unholy joy’.

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