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Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope


How happy he, who free from care
The rage of courts, and noise of towns;
Contented breathes his native air,
In his own grounds. 95 more words

The Rape of the Lock

The Rape of the Lock - Alexander Pope (1712)

“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX (2014)

Illustration by Aubrey Beardsley in The Rape of the Lock (Leonard Smithers, 1897)

Poem of the Week: "The Dying Christian to His Soul"

If last week’s poem wasn’t enough to convince you that Alexander Pope was a genius, this should do it. ;-)

“The Dying Christian to His Soul” 111 more words


Tweet as Alexander Pope Day (#tweetaspopeday

Once a year, just once a year I like to relax and stop pretending that I can actually express myself with any degree of verve and finesse using only 140 characters and instead give the whole day over to Alexander Pope. 469 more words

Confederacy of Dunces

Alexander Pope is rarely treated as a coherent political theorist, but I’m increasingly prone to regard The Dunciad as a political tract for our times.  I have belatedly come to realise that the world is increasingly run by people with a very high boredom threshold.   655 more words

Hope springs eternal

Alexander Pope wrote: “Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blessed.” But where does man turn when hope dries up? 126 more words


Poem of the Week: Ode on Solitude

Only a few weeks into my weekly series and I forgot to post the next installment! Forgive me, blogosphere, and please enjoy this poem, written by a twelve-year-old Alexander Pope. 118 more words