Considered the preeminent verse satirist in English, Alexander Pope (1688-1744) brought wide learning, devastating wit and masterly technique to his poems. Models of clarity and control, they exemplified the classical poetics of the Augustan age. This volume contains a rich selection of Pope's work, including such well-known poems as the title selection-a philosophical meditation on the nature of the universe and man's place in it-and "The Rape of the Lock," a mock-epic of rare charm and skill. Also included are "Ode on Solitude," "The Dying Christian to His Soul," "Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady," "An Essay on Criticism," "Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog," "Epistle [IV] to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington: Of the Use of Riches," "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot; or, Prologue to the Satires" and more. Taken together, these poems offer an excellent sampling of Pope's imaginative genius and the felicitous blending of word, idea and image that earned him a place among the leading lights of 18th-century literature.
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 EARLY POEMS PASTORALS WINDSOR FOREST AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM POEMS, 1708–17 THE RAPE OF THE LOCK ELOISA TO ABELARD POEMS: 1718–27 THE CURLL MISCELLANIES POEMS SUGGESTED BY GULLIVER LATER POEMS EPIGRAMS AND EPITAPHS AN ESSAY ON MAN MORAL ESSAYS SATIRES THE DUNCIAD THE ILIAD THE ODYSSEY
The Poems LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
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 early work by Alexander Pope was originally published in 1711 and we are now republishing it with a brand new biography. An Essay in Criticism was written in heroic couplet style, a moderately new genre of poetry at the time, and was penned in response to the debate on the question of whether poetry should be natural, or written according to predetermined rules inherited from the classical past. Pope's most famous verse was The Rape of the Lock, first published in 1712, with a revised version published in 1714. As a poet he was deficient in originality and creative power, and thus was inferior to his prototype, Dryden, but as a literary artist, and brilliant declaimer satirist and moralizer in verse he is still unrivalled. He is the English Horace, and will as surely descend with honors to the latest posterity.
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