Selected Poetry

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Poetry - 226 pages
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) is regarded as the most important poet of the early eighteenth century.An invalid from infancy, Pope devoted his energies towards literature and achieved remarkable success with his first published work at the age of 21. A succession of brilliant poems followed, including An Essay on Criticism (1711), Windsor Forest (1713), and his masterpiece The Rape of the Lock(1712). A second period of great poetry was begun in 1728 with the appearance of the first Dunciad. All these works, which exhibit Pope's astonishing human insight, his wide sympathies, and powers of social observation (displayed to greatest effect in his talent for satire), feature in thisselection. In his introduction - an eloquent defence of Pope's poetic practice - Pat Rogers argues that we must abandon our Romantic conception of poetry as a record of fleeting and subjective states if we are to understand Pope fully. Instead, we must see him as an accomplished practitioner of thepoetry of ideas and of satirical reflection on human society. This collection is chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition of Pope's major works.
 

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Contents

Windsor Forest
20
The Rape of the Lock
32
Epistle to Miss Blount on her Leaving the Town after
54
Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady
65
An Epistle to Allen Lord Bathurst
74
The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace Imitated
88
An Epistle to a Lady Io
106
Dialogue I
114
Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog
128
Notes
175
Further Reading
225
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About the author (1998)

Pat Rogers is DeBartolo Professor of the Liberal Arts at the University of South Florida. He has written books on Pope, Swift, Johnson, Defoe, and Fielding, as well as general books such as The Augustan Vision (1974), and Literature and Popular Culture in Eighteenth-Century England (1985). Heis the editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature.

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