Dulness and Pope

David Womersley

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263518
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734021 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Dulness and Pope

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This lecture discusses the dividedness shown by Pope in The Dunciad and attempts to offer a new explanation of that dividedness. It seeks the reasons for that dividedness and also dwells on Pope's relationship with the man he identified as a very dull poet, Sir Richard Blackmore. The lecture also argues that Pope acknowledged a kind of precedency in Dulness, and that The Dunciad pays an implicit tribute to the priority of dull poets in general.

Keywords: dividedness; The Dunciad; relationship; reasons for the dividedness; explanation of the dividedness; Sir Richard Blackmore; Dulness; priority of dull poets

Chapter.  9832 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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