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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What's fame? a fancy'd life in other's breath. A thing beyond us, even before our death.
The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
What beck'ning ghost, along the moonlight shade Invites my steps, and points to yonder glade?
Happy the man whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air In his own ground.
When much dispute has past, we find our tenets just the same at last.
A brave man struggling in the storms of fate, And greatly falling with a falling state.
Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot, To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.
Let spades be trumps! she said, and trumps they were.
Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.