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Why would you cause pains to yourself and punish yourself for an offence you didn’t commit? Does it make sense for you to whip and cut yourself, leaving ugly wounds on your heart for the fault of others? 36 more words


Stirred by Alexander Pope

‘Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill
Appear in Writing or in Judging ill,
But, of the two, less dang’rous is th’ Offence,
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Essay Extracts: Pope, Swift and Control

The eighteenth century was a pivotal moment in understandings of gender and female sexuality. It saw the first signs of liberation in female sexuality, which in turn led to a parallel development of male intrigue in their bodies. 742 more words


Poetry - the last thing on our minds

In 2010 I published this post which attempted to define the appeal of poetry for me. I republished it again in early 2015. As it probably reflects my deepest feelings on the subject it seemed only right to give it another airing after the Shelley sequence on reality, art and the artist.   2,002 more words

Poetry & Song

I Don’t Want To Belong To Any Club That Will Accept People Like Me As A Member – Part Twenty Eight

The Scriblerus Club

This club, formed in 1714, was more of a literary collective and was formed of some of the sharpest literary talents of the age including Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, John Gay, John Arbuthnot and Thomas Parnell. 487 more words


The Universal Prayer by Alexander Pope

Father of all! in every age,
In every clime adored,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!

Thou Great First Cause, least understood: 283 more words