Alexander Pope

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

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  • '''Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. An Essay on Man (Fr. Epistle I). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around!''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Moral Essays: Epistle to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington. . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''"Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed" was the ninth beatitude.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. letter, Oct. 6, 1727, to playwright John Gay. Quoted in Roscoe, Life of Pope, vol. 10.
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  • ''Good God! how often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. letter, Dec. 5, 1732, to poet and author Jonathan Swift. The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, vol. 3, ed. George Sherburn (1956). Written the day after the death of playwright John Gay.
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  • ''Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. letter, Oct. 19, 1709. The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, vol. 1, ed. George Sherburn (1956).
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  • ''P—xed by her love, or libeled by her hate.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace (l. 84). NU. Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Most women have no characters at all.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Epistle to a Lady, l. 2 (1735). Towards the end of the poem (l. 269-70), Pope writes "And yet, believe me, good as well as ill, Woman's at best a contradiction still."
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  • ''At ev'ry word a reputation dies.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. The Rape of the Lock, cto. 3, l. 16 (1714).
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  • ''Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. (Published in 1730). "Epitaph. Intended for Sir Isaac Newton, In Westminster Abbey," The Poems of Alexander Pope, ed. John Butt, Yale, New Haven (1966).
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  • ''They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. The Wife of Bath, l. 103 (1713).
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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?
Why rove my thoughts beyond this last retreat?
Why feels my heart its long-forgotten heat?
Yet, yet I love!--From Abelard it came,
And Eloisa yet must kiss the name.

Dear fatal name! rest ever unreveal'd,
Nor pass these lips in holy silence seal'd.
Hide it, my heart, within that close disguise,
Where mix'd with God's, his lov'd idea lies:
O write it not, my hand--the name appears
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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