English poet (1688–1744)
Alexander Pope was an English poet, translator, and satirist of the Enlightenment era who is considered one of the most prominent English poets of the early 18th century. An exponent of Augustan literature, Pope is best known for his satirical and discursive poetry including The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism, and for his translation of Homer.
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Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along.
Now warm in love, now with'ring in my bloom Lost in a convent's solitary gloom!
You purchase pain with all that joy can give, And die of nothing but a rage to live.
Some are bewildered in the maze of schools, And some made coxcombs nature meant but fools.
Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul, And waft a sigh from Indus to the Pole.
As some to church repair, Not for the doctrine, but the music there. These equal syllables alone require, Though oft the ear the open vowels tire While expletives their feeble aid do join, And ten low words oft creep in one dull line.
Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes; The glorious fault of Angels and of Gods.