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 subject. The laws by which a critic should be guided are then discussed, and instances are given of critics who have departed from them. The work is remarkable as having been written when Pope was only 21.

Subjects: Literature.

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Alexander Pope (1688—1744) poet