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Selected Poetry

ISBN-10: 0199537607
ISBN-13: 9780199537600
Edition: 2008
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Description: Though critical opinion on Alexander Pope has frequently been divided, he is now regarded as the most important poet of the early eighteenth century. An invalid from infancy, he devoted his energies towards literature and achieved remarkable success  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Though critical opinion on Alexander Pope has frequently been divided, he is now regarded as the most important poet of the early eighteenth century. An invalid from infancy, he devoted his energies towards literature and achieved remarkable success with his first published work at the age of twenty-one. A succession of brilliant poems followed, including An Essay on Criticism (1711), Windsor Forest (1715), and his masterpiece, The Rape of the Lock. A second period of great poetry was begun in 1728 with the appearance of the first Dunciad. All these works--which exhibit Pope's astonishing human insight, his wide sympathies, and powers of social observation (displayed to greatest effect in his talent for satire)--are included in this selection of his poetry. It has been compiled by the distinguished Pope scholar and editor Pat Rodgers, who also provides an indispensable introduction that offers a new interpretation of Pope's poetry, and the philosophical ideas behind it.

Satirical poet Alexander Pope was born in London on May 21, 1688. He was educated by private tutors. Many consider Pope to be the greatest poet of his time, and he also wrote commentaries and translations, he is best known for such poems as The Rape of the Lock and The Duncaid. Pope was the first English poet to make a substantial amount of money from his writing. Pope died on May 30, 1744.

Introduction
Chronology
An Essay on Criticism Windsor Forest
The Rape of the Lock Epistile to Miss Blount, on her Leaving the Town after the Coronation Eloisa to Abelard Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady Epitaph Intended for Sir Isaac Newton
An Epistle to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington
An Epistle to Allen Lord Bathurst
The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace Imitated Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot An Epistle to a Lady Epilogue to the Satires
Dialogue I Epilogue to the Satires
Dialogue II Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog
The Dunciad
Notes
Further Reading
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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