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The Major Works

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Alexander Pope has often been termed the first true professional poet in English, whose dealings with the book trade helped to produce the literary marketplace of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this representative selection of Pope's most important work, the texts are presented in chronological sequence so that the Moral Essays and Imitations of Horace are rest ...more
Paperback, 737 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1751)
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Nov 10, 2013 G.R. Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's still no one who's really managed to improve on Pope. For example:
Now Wits gain praise by copying other Wits
As one Hog lives on what another shits.
It's amazing how often I think of that couplet. Maybe I shouldn't spend so much time on Goodreads.
P.J. Wetzel
Who am I to criticize an author who, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations is the third most quoted figure in human history (after Shakespeare and Tennyson)? Who am I but an unappreciative boor? Well, I’m a generally educated reader who invested several weeks of reading time to explore the man and his writing—no more, no less. Judge the merit of my comments for yourself, keeping in mind a rule that I apply to others so must apply to myself here: when you choose to emphasize the negati ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Comprehensive selection, and the biographical sketches are a nice touch. The paperback's quality is a bit rubbish though - the spine creases and curves with the slightest bit of pressure.

'The Rape of the Lock' is a good starting-point for newcomers to Augustan satire. It is quite comical, and those who dislike the rage of Swift's Juvenalian work might find refuge in the urbane language of Pope.
Ben Doeh
Jan 19, 2016 Ben Doeh rated it it was amazing
Pope was one of the Enlightenment's geniuses. Few poets since have rivalled him for accuracy and sense.

A few of his phrases that have entered the English idiom:
"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread"
"Damn with faint praise"
"A little learning is a dangerous thing"
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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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