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Alexander Pope Got It Wrong

Entry #3 – February 20, 2017

Dear Kath,

I wonder what you would have thought of Alexander Pope. (Apparently, Voltaire was a huge fan of his.) We read his Essay on Man for class and it talks of justifying the ways of God to man and about man’s place in the natural order of things, and how man should not question the motives of God. 562 more words

Daniel Park

Alexander Pope

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. ― Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism. (Kessinger Publishing, LLC June 17, 2004) Originally published 1711


What Is The Origin Of (115)?...

Up to snuff

Some of us use this slightly odd phrase to denote that somebody or something is of the required standard. I have more usually found it with the negative not at the start of it, denoting, obviously, a deficiency. 488 more words


Delusions of...many things

Ah, the vanity of youth. Disaffected affectation. The nonsense of prominence. The idealism of irony and romanticism of melancholy that plagued my late teens and early 20s… 246 more words


Pulsating Oblivion

Photo by Chris H. Lynn – www.framingsounds.com

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

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Dulness, deceit and dunces; populism, priorities and prophecy

Populism and priorities

I used to think that populism was a good thing – the will of the people.  Now I have doubts.  It seems that populism represents a series of reactions to single issue problems.  745 more words