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The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems (Dodo Press)

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Alexander Pope (1688-1744) is regarded as the greatest English poet of the early eighteenth century, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. Pope, who was born in London, was taught to read by his aunt and then sent to two surreptitious Catholic schools. He is the third most frequently quoted writer in the English language, after Shakespeare an ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published December 28th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published May 1712)
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Compared to the Nineteenth Century's Romantic movement and the Seventeenth's Shakespeare and Milton, the Eighteenth has always felt a veritable void to me. There was a little bit going on in France with Diderot and Voltaire, and some minor British works by Swift and Defoe, but by and large, Eighteenth Century literature is Fielding and Pope.

He began his inimitable wit and wordly mastery with 'An Essay on Criticism' when he was only 21. It was a varied, vivid exploration of what makes writing goo
Puffs, Powders, Patches, Bibles, Billet-doux.Pope brilliantly
presents this storm in a tea cup seasoned with satire,wit
and humor.I had actually memorized some wonderful verses in this text which now I have forgotten.Time to re-read it..
oh, my satire class. it may have been painful, but you can't deny the genius of pope's work.
Wm Jas Tychonievich
Oct 01, 2008 Wm Jas Tychonievich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wm Jas by: Lord Byron
Brilliant in places, but not consistently so. The Essays on Criticism and on Man are excellent, and The Rape of the Lock is delightful, but I found the Dunciad to be tedious and meanspirited. In the latter work, one of the minor poets Pope is mocking is made to say:

As, forced from wind-guns, lead itself can fly,
And ponderous slugs cut swiftly through the sky;
As clocks to weight their nimble motion owe,
The wheels above urged by the load below:
Me emptiness and Dulness could inspire,
And were
What a genius this man is. A treasure to read and to have read.

"Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!"

"What, and how great, the virtue and the art,
To live on little with a cheerful heart!"

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread"

"A knowledge both of books and human kind."

I find Pope's education, polish, and wit delightful. His poems are a world away from the emotionally-laden poetry of the Romantics or the rough, personal poetry of the modern era, but appreciate them for what they are. "The Rape of the Lock" is satire at its finest, brought off with a light touch but still having a needle-sharp point. It is the kind of poem that makes one realize how great the rewards of having a thorough classical education could be; the "in jokes" are endless for one who knows ...more
Good shit. Pope's an awesome poet, one of the best ever in my opinion, though I prefer other poets for artistry. Pope is funny and writes perfect verse like you wouldn't believe. If I want emotion I go elsewhere, but Pope makes me LOL.
good to teaching tool parallel use with Kaufman's script of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock, and other Poems" and The End of the Story: A Novel
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
Alexander Pope is kind of like the unsung poet of the world. I read this book for my 18th century british literature class. I didn't mind it...I just didn't love it! :P
I know I'm supposed to like Alexander Pope, cause he's an English mastermind and all, but it was pretty painful reading this book.
Crystal Belle
this was pure torture for me. some beautiful language and imagery at some points but overall i just couldn't take it...
i rated it four stars for its genius, not necessarily bc i liked it...respect it it...not really
Amazing satirical imagery and use of chiasmus in The Rape of the Lock! Loved it!!!
I read, "The Rape of the Lock." I enjoyed it, thought it quite funny actually.
Aaron Goodier
Centuries-old parody isn't the easiest stuff to appreciate, but it's likable.
Ben Breen
mean younger Pope > austere older Pope
The Rape of the Lock 2/11/07
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Alexander Pope is generally regarded as the greatest English poet of the eighteenth century, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third most frequently quoted writer in the English language, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Pope was a master of the heroic couplet.
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