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Alexander Pope

(21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744 / London / England)

Quotations

  • ''Some judge of authors' names, not works, and then
    Nor praise nor blame the writings, but the men.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. II). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
    Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Essay on Criticism.
  • ''Be thou the first true merit to befriend;
    His praise is lost who stays till all commend.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. II). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. II). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Some have at first for wits, then poets passed,
    Turned critics next, and proved plain fools at last.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. I). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Learn hence for ancient rules a just esteem;
    To copy Nature is to copy them.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. I). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
    Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. II). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
    As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
    'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence,
    The sound must seem an echo to the sense:''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. II). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Learn then what morals critics ought to show,
    For 'tis but half a judge's task, to know.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. III). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Good nature and good sense must ever join;
    To err is human, to forgive divine.''
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. II). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.

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An Essay on Criticism

Part I

INTRODUCTION. That it is as great a fault to judge ill as to write ill, and a more dangerous one to the public. That a true Taste is as rare to be found as a true Genius. That most men are born with some Taste, but spoiled by false education. The multitude of Critics, and causes of them. That we are to study our own Taste, and know the limits of it. Nature the best guide of judgment. Improved by Art and rules, which are but methodized Nature. Rules derived from the practice of the anci

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