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Alexander Pope

(21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744 / London / England)

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  • ''So vast is art, so narrow human wit.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. I). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. III). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. An Essay on Criticism, l. 625 (1711).
  • ''The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Imitations of Horace, bk. 1, epistle 6, "To Mr. Murray," l. 27 (1738).
  • ''An honest man's the noblest work of God.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. An Essay on Man (Fr. Epistle IV). SeCePo. Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Lord Hervey, in Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, l. 308 (1735). The line has passed into common usage, and achieved notoriety in the 1960s when it was used to head the London Times leader July 1, 1967, on Mick Jagger and Keith Richard's arrest on drugs charges—an article which was thought to have contributed to their acquittal.
  • ''What's fame? A fancied life in others' breath,''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. An Essay on Man (Fr. Epistle IV). SeCePo. Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''And die of nothing but a rage to live.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Moral Essays: Epistle to a Lady. . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Men would be angels, angels would be gods.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. An Essay On Man, epistle 1, l. 126 (1733).
  • ''Woman's at best a contradiction still.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Moral Essays: Epistle to a Lady. . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.

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An Essay on Criticism

Part I

INTRODUCTION. That it is as great a fault to judge ill as to write ill, and a more dangerous one to the public. That a true Taste is as rare to be found as a true Genius. That most men are born with some Taste, but spoiled by false education. The multitude of Critics, and causes of them. That we are to study our own Taste, and know the limits of it. Nature the best guide of judgment. Improved by Art and rules, which are but methodized Nature. Rules derived from the practice of the anci

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