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In human works, though labour'd on with pain,. A thousand movements scarce one purpose gain;. When the proud steed shall know why man restrains. His fiery course, or drives him o'er the plains: When the dull ox, why now he breaks the clod,.

Then shall man's pride and dulness comprehend. His actions', passions', being's, use and end;. Why doing, suff'ring, check'd, impell'd; and why.

Then say not man's imperfect, Heav'n in fault;. His knowledge measur'd to his state and place,. What matter, soon or late, or here or there?

Heav'n from all creatures hides the book of fate,. All but the page prescrib'd, their present state: From brutes what men, from men what spirits know: Pleas'd to the last, he crops the flow'ry food,. And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood. That each may fill the circle mark'd by Heav'n: Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar;. Wait the great teacher Death; and God adore! What future bliss, he gives not thee to know,. Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind;.

His soul, proud science never taught to stray. Behind the cloud-topt hill, an humbler heav'n;.

Some safer world in depth of woods embrac'd,. Where slaves once more their native land behold,. No fiends torment, no Christians thirst for gold. Go, wiser thou!

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Say, here he gives too little, there too much: Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust,. If man alone engross not Heav'n's high care,. Snatch from his hand the balance and the rod,. In pride, in reas'ning pride, our error lies;. All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies. Ask for what end the heav'nly bodies shine,. Earth for whose use? Pride answers, " 'Tis for mine: Suckles each herb, and spreads out ev'ry flow'r;. For me, the mine a thousand treasures brings;. For me, health gushes from a thousand springs;.

Seas roll to waft me, suns to light me rise;.

But errs not Nature from this gracious end,. From burning suns when livid deaths descend,. When earthquakes swallow, or when tempests sweep. Towns to one grave, whole nations to the deep? Th' exceptions few; some change since all began: Of show'rs and sunshine, as of man's desires;.

As much eternal springs and cloudless skies,.

If plagues or earthquakes break not Heav'n's design,. Alexander Pope Poems.

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But I am not angry, Jane: I only love you too well; and you had steeled your little pale face with such a resolute, frozen look, I could not endure it. Where is he? I demanded. What crime was this that lived incarnate in this sequestered mansion, and could neither be expelled nor subdued by the owner? What creature was it, that, masked in an ordinary woman's face and shape, uttered the voice, now of a mocking demon, and anon of a carrion-seeking bird of prey?

And this man I bent over - this commonplace, quiet stranger - how had he become involved in the web of horror? Though Pope as a Catholic might have been expected to have supported the Jacobites because of his religious and political affiliations, according to Maynard Mack, "where Pope himself stood on these matters can probably never be confidently known".

Pope lived in his parents' house in Mawson Row, Chiswick , between and ; the red brick building is now the Mawson Arms , commemorating him with a blue plaque.

The serendipitous discovery of a spring during the subterranean retreat's excavations enabled it to be filled with the relaxing sound of trickling water, which would quietly echo around the chambers.

Pope was said to have remarked that: "Were it to have nymphs as well — it would be complete in everything. The grotto now lies beneath Radnor House Independent Co-ed School, and is occasionally opened to the public. Pope began writing the poem early in his career and took about three years to finish it.

At the time the poem was published, the heroic couplet style in which it was written was a moderately new poetic form, and Pope's work was an ambitious attempt to identify and refine his own positions as a poet and critic.

The poem was said to be a response to an ongoing debate on the question of whether poetry should be natural, or written according to predetermined artificial rules inherited from the classical past. Pope comments on the classical authors who dealt with such standards, and the authority that he believed should be accredited to them. He discusses the laws to which a critic should adhere while critiquing poetry, and points out that critics serve an important function in aiding poets with their works, as opposed to the practice of attacking them.

Rape of the Lock[ edit ] Pope's most famous poem is The Rape of the Lock , first published in , with a revised version published in A mock-epic , it satirises a high-society quarrel between Arabella Fermor the "Belinda" of the poem and Lord Petre , who had snipped a lock of hair from her head without her permission.

The satirical style is tempered, however, by a genuine and almost voyeuristic interest in the "beau-monde" fashionable world of 18th-century English society. In the world of the poem downloadd artefacts displace human agency, and 'trivial things' assume dominance.

Alexander Pope: Selected Poetry and Prose

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Though the Dunciad was first published anonymously in Dublin , its authorship was not in doubt.

Pope pilloried a host of other "hacks", "scribblers" and "dunces" in addition to Theobald, and Maynard Mack has accordingly called its publication "in many ways the greatest act of folly in Pope's life.

It brought the poet in his own time the hostility of its victims and their sympathizers, who pursued him implacably from then on with a few damaging truths and a host of slanders and lies. Although he was a keen participant in the stock and money markets, Pope never missed an opportunity to satirise the personal, social and political effects of the new scheme of things. From The Rape of the Lock onwards, these satirical themes are a constant in his work. In , Pope published his "Epistle to Burlington ," on the subject of architecture, the first of four poems which would later be grouped under the title Moral Essays — In the epistle, Pope ridiculed the bad taste of the aristocrat "Timon.

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Though the charge was untrue, it did Pope a great deal of damage. Pope intended this poem to be the centrepiece of a proposed system of ethics that was to be put forth in poetic form. It was a piece of work that Pope intended to make into a larger work; however, he did not live to complete it.

It challenges as prideful an anthropocentric world-view. The poem is not solely Christian, however; it makes an assumption that man has fallen and must seek his own salvation. Pope presents an idea on his view of the Universe; he says that no matter how imperfect, complex, inscrutable and disturbing the Universe appears to be, it functions in a rational fashion according to the natural laws.

The natural laws consider the Universe as a whole a perfect work of God.For of epic sort it appeareth to have been, yet of matter surely not unpleasant, witness what is reported of it by the learned Archbishop Eustathius, in Odyss. A rare felicity! And the machinery must be of a nature which would lend itself to the light satiric. Pope quotes this anecdote to show how given play some critics in spite of their professed acceptance of general rules are so a whole work of art prejudiced in favor of a minor point as to judge.

In his perplexity a happy thought, little less in fact than an inspiration of genius, came to Pope. But it is far otherwise in poetry; witness the works of Mr Rymer and Mr Dennis, who, beginning with criticism, became afterwards such poets as no age hath paralleled. Before he began to write he had, so he told Spence, digested In other words, then, the Essay all the matter of the poem into prose.

English verse can be said to do, the perennial value of conscious and controlling art.

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