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Summer

See what delights in sylvan scenes appear!
Descending Gods have found Elysium here.
In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray'd,
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  • Stephen Loomes (5/24/2013 5:24:00 AM)

    Poor old Alexander, his success would be much grander, if he dropped the classic showers, and offered her some flowers, asking her out to dinner, would sooner get him in her, but he was such a dope, that.s why they called him Pope, he showed off all his learning, but she, bored, left him yearning.

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  • Sagar Bhatt (5/26/2012 12:02:00 PM)

    Thanks for the lovely poem. Especially because it uses Roman Myth wonderfully, to describe Summer.

  • Carlos Echeverria (5/24/2012 9:14:00 AM)

    I'll take the flowery prose because it rings true: Pope had the hots for a stunning, force-of-nature woman and he expressed his love desire with no-holds-barred.

  • Kevin Straw (5/24/2010 6:36:00 AM)

    Tghis is an extract from the PH biography: 'From the age of 12, he suffered numerous health problems, such as Pott's disease (a form of tuberculosis that affects the bone) which deformed his body and stunted his growth, leaving him with a severe hunchback. His tuberculosis infection caused other health problems including respiratory difficulties, high fevers, inflamed eyes, and abdominal pain. He never grew beyond 1.37 metres (4 feet,6 inches) tall. Pope was already removed from society because he was Catholic; his poor health only alienated him further. Although he never married, he had many female friends whom he wrote witty letters. He did have one alleged lover, his lifelong friend, Martha Blount. '

  • Kevin Straw (5/24/2010 6:32:00 AM)

    What is Venus to me? There is something artificial, and even decadent, about a post-Enlightenment poet using classical myth in his poetry. There was a time when these mythic creatures were as real to their believers as Jesus is today to Christians, but by Pope's time Venus and Adonis etc were empty of real meaning, however large they figured in the education in those days. One of the things that make Shakespeare “modern” is his rare use of myth – one does not have to believe in Venus and Adonis to enjoy the poem of that name. There is a shock to the reader when Pope turns his love into “prey” in the last two lines. But this is brilliant poetry, nonetheless.

  • Joseph Poewhit (5/24/2010 5:18:00 AM)

    Pope, must have been in a real love mood, to put forth these words of love's passions.

  • Michael Harmon (5/24/2009 9:38:00 PM)

    I am a fan of Pope.

    However, I would suggest he change

    'Descending Gods have found Elysium here.'

    to

    'Descending Gods have found Elision here.'

  • Kentucky Refugee (3/4/2008 3:49:00 PM)

    Anyone who rates this poem below a ten must never have suffered an unrequited love.

  • Patrick (none) (5/24/2005 6:48:00 PM)

    That is a really amazing poem and one of the reasons I like it is because most of my inspiration comes from the sun for one.

    PS: You ahve the same name of a friend

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