1688, May 211709-17381744, May 30
an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, as well as for his translation of Homer. Famous for his use of the heroic couplet, he is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after William Shakespeare. An Essay on Criticism was first published anonymously on 15 May 1711. Pope began writing the poem early in his career and took about three years to finish it. At the time the poem was published, the heroic couplet style in which it was written was a moderately new genre of poetry, and Pope's most ambitious work. An Essay on Criticism was an attempt to identify and refine his own positions as a poet and critic.
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05/15/1711-Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism is first published, anonymously
 Dictionary Citations (11) • View in Dictionary
Arrant: Originally a variant of errant, wandering, present participle of Latin errare, to stray. The original form ...
Badeen: Frivolous, jesting. Via French badine, silly, from Late Latin badare, to gape. Its only literary use is in ...
Bathykolpian: Deep-bosomed. Also bathykolpic; Greek bathos, deep + kolpos, breast. Both forms have been used spelled with...
Bubble-bow: An 18th century fashionable case for a lady's tweezers and the like. Used by Alexander Pope; explained by ...
Cit: Short for citizen. Also citt. Feminine (used by John Dryden, 1685) , citess; Johnson (1751) used cit as a f...
Cosins: An 18th century style of stays, named from the maker. Alexander Pope in THE ART OF POLITICKS (1729) inquire...
Forfex: A pair of scissors. The Late Latin word, used humorously in English, as in Alexander Pope's THE RAPE OF THE...
Irremeable: Without possibility of return. Latin ir, in, not + re, back + meare, to go, pass. This word, used from the ...
Nous: This Greek word for intellect (nous, noos, mind) was used in English, 17th into the 19th century, for commo...
Phantomnation: An illusion; the appearance of a spectre. The word itself was originally a phantomnation; it was first reco...
Prunella: A strong material (originally silk, later worsted) used for students', clergymen's, and barristers' gowns a...
 Mentions (22)
John Arbuthnot
...both Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels book III and Alexander Pope's Peri Bathous, Or the Art of Sinking in Poetry,...
James Bramston
...Horace, and The Man of Taste (1733), in imitation of Alexander Pope. He also parodied Phillips's Splendid Shilling...
Henry Brooke [2]
...forgotten Universal Beauty was published in 1735, and Alexander Pope thought its sentiments and poetry fine. He then...
Colley Cibber
...adapted from various sources, which led Robert Lowe and Alexander Pope, among others, to criticise his "miserable mutilation"...
Charles-Pierre Colardeau
...notable works are an imitation of Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope and a translation of the first two sections of...
William Collins
...odes mark a turn away from the Augustan poetry of Alexander Pope's generation and towards the Romantic era which would...
Thomas Cooke English translator and author who ran afoul of Alexander Pope and was mentioned as one of the "dunces" in Pope's...
Wentworth Dillon
...quite free from the indecencies of his contemporaries. Alexander Pope, who seems to have learnt something from his...
Elijah Fenton best known as the assistant of his neighbour, Alexander Pope, in his translation of the Odyssey, of which he 'Englished'...
Charles Gildon
...errors with them. He is remembered best as a target of Alexander Pope's in both Dunciad and the Epistle to Dr. John...
Luise Gottsched
...translated The Spectator (9 volumes, 1739–1743), Alexander Pope's Rape of the Lock (1744) and other English and French...
Susanna Highmore
...with great wit and polish, one being a pastiche of an Alexander Pope poem. Despite these hints at Highmore's skill,...
Leigh Hunt
...Dryden, in opposition to the epigrammatic couplet of Alexander Pope which had superseded it. The poem is an optimistic...
Jean de La Bruyere speak with a disdain only surpassed by that of Alexander Pope.
David Mallet a private tutor. There he became friendly with Alexander Pope, James Thomson, and other literary figures including...
Thomas Parnell
...Anglo-Irish poet and clergyman who was a friend of both Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. He spent much of his time...
James Ralph
...known for his works of history and his position in Alexander Pope's Dunciad B. His History of England in two volumes...
Lewis Theobald
...Shakespeare, and he was the first avatar of Dulness in Alexander Pope's The Dunciad.
William Walond Sr.
...from Christ Church, Oxford in 1757. His setting of Alexander Pope's Ode on St Cecilia's Day had served as his exercise....
William Warburton
...death. He edited editions of the works of his friend Alexander Pope, and of William Shakespeare. At Brant Broughton...
Leonard Welsted
an English poet and "dunce" in Alexander Pope's writings (both in The Dunciad and in Peri Bathos). Welsted was an accomplished writer...
Robert Wilks
..."triumvirate" of actor-managers that was denounced by Alexander Pope and caricatured by William Hogarth as leaders...
 Quotes (85) • View in Quotations
'Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
'Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead.
A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
An honest man's the noblest work of God.
And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
And die of nothing but a rage to live.
At ev'ry word a reputation dies.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.
But Satan now is wiser than of yore, and tempts by making rich, not making poor.
Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use.
Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.
For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can't be wrong whose life is in the right.
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.
Gentle dullness ever loves a joke.
Get place and wealth, if possible with grace; if not, by any means get wealth and place.
Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.
Health consists with temperance alone.
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
Honor and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part: there all the honor lies.
Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?
I find myself hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man.
Lo! The poor Indian, whose untutored mind sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind.
Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around!
Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise!
Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire.
Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot.
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!
Never elated when someone's oppressed, never dejected when another one's blessed.
Never find fault with the absent.
Never was it given to mortal man - To lie so boldly as we women can.
No one should be ashamed to admit he is wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her, but many a woman hate a man for being a friend to her.
Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child.
On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
On wrongs swift vengeance waits.
One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.
Order is heaven's first law.
Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.
Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.
Pride is still aiming at the best houses: Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; aspiring to be angels men rebel.
Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.
Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.
Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature's God.
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
Teach me to feel another's woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head.
The difference is too nice - Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.
The learned is happy, nature to explore; The fool is happy, that he knows no more.
The most positive men are the most credulous.
The ruling passion, be it what it will. The ruling passion conquers reason still.
The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg.
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
Those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
To observations which ourselves we make, we grow more partial for th' observer's sake.
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can.
Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.
Woman's at best a contradiction still.
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