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"An Essay on Criticism"- Alexander Pope

“A little learning is a dangerous thing;

drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:

there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,

and drinking largely sobers us again.” 171 more words


Thoughts on Homer

My re-reading of Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad have prompted some reflections on my part.  They are tremendous epics, full of variety of incident but also pathos.  961 more words


Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there were no fools in their days, but unluckily they themselves are left as an example.
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Argus - by Alexander Pope

When wise Ulysses, from his native coast
Long kept by wars, and long by tempests toss’d,
Arrived at last, poor, old, disguised, alone,
To all his friends, and ev’n his Queen unknown, 128 more words

English Poem

“All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul…”

From “Epistle I” in An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope, 1733.


The Season of Grottos

From late November, it’s impossible to go anywhere in London without coming across a grotto. They’re in shopping malls, primary school fairs, department stores, museums and even my local garden centre. 853 more words

18th Century

Literary Criticism of Alexander Pope

An Essay on Criticism, published anonymously by Alexander Pope (1688–1744) in 1711, is perhaps the clearest statement of neoclassical principles in any language. In its broad outlines, it expresses a worldview which synthesizes elements of a Roman Catholic outlook with classical aesthetic principles and with deism. 4,821 more words

Literary Theory