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The most positive men are the most credulous.

Alexander Pope

October 24 - Ariel and Umbriel

We have a double-header today.  Two moons of Uranus, Ariel and Umbriel, were discovered on October 24th 1851 by Bolton-born astronomer William Lassell, brewer and keen amateur astronomer, who was in the fortunate position of being able to use his not inconsiderable wealth to fund the construction of impressive telescopes. 432 more words

Going On Up There Then

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