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An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope
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Jan 18, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: poetry
Read from January 18 to 20, 2011

Despite it being a poem that Pope wrote when he was only in his twenties, I was not as impressed with this as I first thought I would be. Sure, it is interesting to see how Pope used the modern form of an essay to convey verse poetry of the ancient Greek/Roman style, but it just wasn't entertaining for me to read. It was more of a lesson on how to be a good poet or a good critic, and describing the ways of wit, nature, intelligence, etc. But overall, not a great piece. "The Rape of the Lock" by Pope is one of his works that I would definitely favour over this one.

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