Questions tagged [alexander-pope]

Questions about the English poet Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) and his works. Pope is best known for the mock-epic 'The Rape of the Lock' (1721), 'The Dunciad' and 'An Essay on Criticism' (1711).

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What did Alexander Pope mean by “Expletives their feeble Aid do join”?

Alexander Pope's 'An Essay on Criticism', lines 337–349: But most by Numbers judge a Poet's Song, And smooth or rough, with them, is right or wrong; In the bright Muse tho' thousand Charms ...
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What's Samuel Johnson truly saying about Dryden and Pope?

Samuel Johnson wrote the following comparison between Dryden and Pope: Pope had perhaps the judgment of Dryden; but Dryden certainly wanted the diligence of Pope. In acquired knowledge the ...
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What did Pope intend to say by “Whatever is, is right”?

Source: The Well-Educated Mind (2 edn 2016), p. 86 Middle.   Related to this is one final question: What is fiction meant to do? Why are you reading a novel at all? Are you expecting to find ...