The greatest poet of the eighteenth century deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of poetry. Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature’s finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete poetical works of Alexander Pope, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Pope’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
* Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the poems
* Features all three versions of the major text THE DUNCIAD, appearing for the first time in digital print
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Pope’s rare play
* Features three biographies – discover Pope’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


The Poetry Collections
POEMS, 1708–17
POEMS: 1718–27

The Poems

The Play
THREE HOURS AFTER MARRIAGE by John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Arbuthnot

The Biographies
ALEXANDER POPE by Leslie Stephen
THE AGE OF POPE by John Dennis
BRIEF LIFE OF POPE by Thomas De Quincey
This eminent English poet was born in London, May 21, 1688. His parents were Roman Catholics, and to this faith the poet adhered, thus debarring himself from public office and employment. His father, a linen merchant, having saved a moderate competency, withdrew from business, and settled on a small estate he had purchased in Windsor Forest. He died at Chiswick, in 1717. His son shortly afterwards took a long lease of a house and five acres of land at Twickenham, on the banks of the Thames, whither he retired with his widowed mother, to whom he was tenderly attached and where he resided till death, cultivating his little domain with exquisite taste and skill, and embellishing it with a grotto, temple, wilderness, and other adjuncts poetical and picturesque. In this famous villa Pope was visited by the most celebrated wits, statesmen and beauties of the day, himself being the most popular and successful poet of his age. His early years were spent at Binfield, within the range of the Royal Forest. He received some education at little Catholic schools, but was his own instructor after his twelfth year. He never was a profound or accurate scholar, but he read Latin poets with ease and delight, and acquired some Greek, French, and Italian. He was a poet almost from infancy, he "lisped in numbers," and when a mere youth surpassed all his contemporaries in metrical harmony and correctness. His pastorals and some translations appeared in 1709, but were written three or four years earlier. These were followed by the Essay on Criticism, 1711; Rape of the Lock (when completed, the most graceful, airy, and imaginative of his works), 1712-1714; Windsor Forest, 1713; Temple of Fame, 1715. In a collection of his works printed in 1717 he included the Epistle of Eloisa and Elegy on an Unfortunate Lady, two poems inimitable for pathetic beauty and finished melodious versification.
A definitive new edition of one of the greatest philosophical poems in the English language

Voltaire called it "the most sublime didactic poem ever written in any language." Rousseau rhapsodized about its intellectual consolations. Kant recited long passages of it from memory during his lectures. And Adam Smith and David Hume drew inspiration from it in their writings. This was Alexander Pope's Essay on Man (1733–34), a masterpiece of philosophical poetry, one of the most important and controversial works of the Enlightenment, and one of the most widely read, imitated, and discussed poems of eighteenth-century Europe and America. This volume, which presents the first major new edition of the poem in more than fifty years, introduces this essential work to a new generation of readers, recapturing the excitement and illuminating the debates it provoked from the moment of its publication.

Echoing Milton's purpose in Paradise Lost, Pope says his aim in An Essay on Man is to "vindicate the ways of God to man"—to explain the existence of evil and explore man's place in the universe. In a comprehensive introduction, Tom Jones describes the poem as an investigation of the fundamental question of how people should behave in a world they experience as chaotic, but which they suspect to be orderly from some higher point of view. The introduction provides a thorough discussion of the poem's attitudes, themes, composition, context, and reception, and reassesses the work's place in history. Extensive annotations to the text explain references and allusions.

The result is the most accessible, informative, and reader-friendly edition of the poem in decades and an invaluable book for students and scholars of eighteenth-century literature and thought.

Alexander Pope was born on May 21st, 1688 into a Catholic family in London.

His education was affected by the then recent Test Acts, which upheld the status of the Church of England and banned Catholics from teaching. In effect this meant his formal education was over by the age of 12 but Pope was to immerse himself in classical literature and languages and too, in effect, educate himself.

From this age too he also suffered from numerous health problems including Pott’s disease, a type of tuberculosis, which resulted in a stunted, deformed body. Only to grow to a height of 4’ 6”, with a severe hunchback and complicated further by respiratory difficulties, high fevers, inflamed eyes and abdominal pain all of which served to further isolate him, initially, from society.

However his talent was evident to all. Best known for his satirical verse, his translations of Homer and the use of the heroic couplet, he is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare.

With the publication of Pastorals in 1709 followed by An Essay on Criticism in 1711 and his most famous work The Rape of the Lock in 1712, Pope became not only famous but wealthy.

His translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey further enhanced both reputation and purse. His engagement to produce an opulent new edition of Shakespeare met with a mixed reception. Pope attempted to "regularise" Shakespeare's metre and rewrote some of his verse and cut 1500 lines, that Pope considered to be beneath the Bard’s standard, to mere footnotes.

Alexander Pope died on May 30th, 1744 at his villa at Twickenham (where he created his famous grotto and gardens) and was buried in the nave of the nearby Church of England Church - St Mary the Virgin.

Over the years and centuries since his death Pope’s work has been in and out of favour but with this distance he is now truly recognised as one of England’s greatest poets.

This volume comes to you from Portable Poetry, a specialized imprint from Deadtree Publishing. Our range is large and growing and covers single poets, themes, and many compilations.

JULY - the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and Summer is a rich harvest of colours and sights. Poets of the calibre of Shakespeare, Keats, Pope, Whitman and Tennyson describe and marshall their thoughts for our delight. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. The tracks are; July - An Introduction; July 2nd 1863 By Tom Reynolds; America, From The National Ode July 4th 1876 By James Bayard Taylor; 4th July 1882, Malines, Midnight By James Kenneth Stephen; Fourth Of July By Julia A Moore; July 4th 1857 By Alfred Gibbs Campbell; Ode For July 4th 1917 By HP Lovecraft; Ode For The 4th Of July By James Monroe Whitfield; Sonnet LVII - Summit Of Skiddaw, July 7th 1838 By Henry Alford; July 9th 1872 By Abram Joseph Ryan; London In July By Amy Levy; St Martins Summer By Robert Louis Stevenson; Summer By Alexander Pope; L' Envoi (An Extract) By Rudyard Kipling; Broadway, New York, July 1916 By George Sterling; In This Summer By Daniel Sheehan; A July Afternoon By The Pond By Walt Whitman; On The Grasshopper And Cricket By John Keats; Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day (Sonnet 18) By William Shakespeare; On My Sons Return Out Of England July 17th 1661 By Anne Bradstreet; Sonnet July 18th 1787 By William Lisle Bowles; Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House July 18th 1666 By Anne Bradstreet; Sonnet At Dover Cliffs July 20th 1787 By William Lisle Bowles; Summer Sun By Robert Louis Stevenson; Sonnet At Ostend July 22nd 1787 By William Lisle Bowles; Between The Dusk Of Summer By William Ernest Henley; Summer Night By Alfred Lord Tennyson; The School Boy By William Blake; Answer July By Emily Dickinson; Written In July By Samuel Rogers; From My Diary July 1914 By Wilfred Owen.
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