(Solution) 1380 ALEXANDER POPE Of Rhyming Pairs Of Iambic Pentameter Lines, Pope Was Able To Vary The Mood And Tone Of His Work Enormously, And To Convey The... | Snapessays.com


(Solution) 1380 ALEXANDER POPE of rhyming pairs of iambic pentameter lines, Pope was able to vary the mood and tone of his work enormously, and to convey the...


You will read selected critical statements, You will reflect on the ways these critical statements have influenced literary analyses.

 

In Alexander Pope's, "An Essay on Criticism"Select, use one of the critical statements (theories) studied to interpret the work (one page). I have attached the document.1380

 

ALEXANDER POPE

 

of rhyming pairs of iambic pentameter lines, Pope was able to vary the mood and tone of his work

 

enormously, and to convey the richness of the society he saw around him. Pope died at his villa in

 

Twickenham, surrounded by numerous friends.

 

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An Essay on Criticism

 

An Essay on Criticism,

 

Pope's second major poem,

 

established him as a leading poet of his day. Samuel

 

Johnson, in his biography of Pope, declared that

 

even if Pope "had written nothing else;,"

 

An Essay on

 

Criticism

 

"would have placed him among the first

 

critics and the first poets, as it exhibits every mode

 

of excellence that can embellish or dignify didactic

 

composition." The poem reflects the range of Pope's

 

reading, including all

 

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the well-known English,

 

French, and Latin poets, as well as many Greek

 

poets in the original. Pope's discursive essay in verse

 

is in the traditionof Horace's

 

Ars Poetica( The Art of

 

Poetry)

 

and French poet Nicolas Boileau's

 

Art

 

Poetique

 

(1674). Like these poems, the

 

Essay on

 

Criticism

 

uses simple and conversational language.

 

It draws together a range of historical arid

 

intellectual knowledge, but does not aim for novelty;

 

instead, it attempts to express generally accepted

 

doctrines in a pleasing style, setting out precepts in

 

language that exemplifies the precepts themselves.

 

Covering topics from divinity to freedom of the

 

press to everyday follies, the poem is characterized

 

by its lively style, by its wide range of comic

 

expression, and by its use of maxim and epigram.

 

Many

 

phrases in the poem have become

 

proverbial—notable among them, line 625, "For

 

fools rush in where angels fear to- tread," and line

 

525, "To err is human, to forgive, divine."

 

An Essay on Criticism

 

consists of three parts. The

 

first describes an Edenic, golden e

 

:

 

ra of art and

 

criticism exemplified by Homer and other classical

 

writers, considered to be especially well placed to

 

observe Nature directly and reflect it in:their art.

 

The subject of the poem's second part is the decay

 

and disorder Pope observes in the criticism of his

 

day, which he attributes very largely to the divisive,

 

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egotistic nature of critics. The third part sets out a

 

Pope's goals are generally conciliatory, and he

 

attempts to accommodate seemingly conflicting

 

artistic values and views, there were nonetheless

 

several people who took offense to parts of the

 

poem. Many of Pope*s fellow Catholics objected to

 

his critical representation of their Church, and

 

Pope's mocking allusions to dramatist John Dennis

 

(1658-1734) sparked a public feud between the two

 

that would last through both of their careers—the

 

first of many such literary feuds Pope's writing

 

would instigate.

 

An Essay on Criticism

 

PART i

 

V I *is hard to say, if greater want of skill

 

X Appear in writing or in judging ill;

 

But of the two less dang'rous is th'offense

 

To tire our patience than mislead our sense.

 

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Some few in that, but numbers err in this,

 

Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss;

 

A fool might once himself alone expose,

 

,

 

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, Now one in ver

 

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se makes many more in prose.

 

'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none

 

10

 

Go just alike, yet each believes his own.

 

In poets as true genius is but rare,

 

True taste as seldom is the critic's share;

 

Both must alike from Heaven derive their light,

 

These born to judge, as well as those to write.

 

15

 

Let such teach others who themselves excel,

 

And censure freely who have written well.

 

Authors are partial to their wit, 'tis true,

 

But are not critics to their judgment too?

 

Yet if we look more closely, we shall find

 

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Most have the seeds of judgment in their mind:

 

Nature affords at least a glimm'ring light;

 


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