Alexander Pope

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Pope was an 18th-century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Pope's use of the heroic couplet is famous.


Early Life

Pope was born in London to Alexander Pope ...
Popular Poems
Ode On Solitude
Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.
See what delights in sylvan scenes appear!
Descending Gods have found Elysium here.
In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray'd,
And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade.
Sound And Sense
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learned to dance.
'Tis not enough no harshness gives offense,
The sound must seem an echo to the sense:
Eloisa To Abelard
In these deep solitudes and awful cells,
Where heav'nly-pensive contemplation dwells,
And ever-musing melancholy reigns;
What means this tumult in a vestal's veins?
The Dying Christian To His Soul
Vital spark of heav’nly flame!
Quit, O quit this mortal frame:
Trembling, hoping, ling’ring, flying,
O the pain, the bliss of dying!
Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
11 November 2014
An honest man's the noblest work of God.
11 November 2014
What's fame? A fancied life in others' breath,
11 November 2014
And die of nothing but a rage to live.
11 November 2014
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.


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Darlington Chukwunyere 05 September 2011
He was a leading poet. Reading his poetry suites my head for his ryhmes are mind blowing and his lines just a summary of the world in an all knowing enscrypted scroll.
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Jon Bayliss 08 August 2011
Pope's publisher, James Roberts, died ten years after Pope but his epitaph has been suggested as a work by Pope: Let some by heralds blazon'd shine, And backwards trace their ancient line; From heaps of geld let others raise A monument of flatt'ring praise; Let others boast their pomp and state, Of merit void, ignobly great: , One truth, o'er these remains below Inscrib'd, more honour will bestow, Than lineage, wealth, or grandeur can; ' Here lies interr'd an honest man.'
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Nigel Spellman 10 February 2011
The biography is 98% wikipedia. Amusing...
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Dennis Go 03 December 2009
I can't believe you haven't include Alexander Pope's 'Vital Spark of Heavenly Flame' into your compilation.
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