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  • Published: 3 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780451532107
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $13.99
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The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems



Presented here are many of Pope’s principal works, including the delightful mock-epic, The Rape of the Lock, Windsor Forest, Essay on Man, Eloïsa to Abelard, Essay on Criticism, and his satirical masterpiece, The Dunciad. Together, they represent the writings of one of the Enlightenment’s greatest poets. 

Alexander Pope enjoyed in his lifetime a fame and fortune that few poets have received. Known for his brilliant epigrams, he was an uncompromising social critic and razor-sharp satirist of fashionable society’s foibles. His poetry was characterized by a graceful mastery of the English language, a biting wit, and a moral alertness that ranged from contemptuous to compassionate to dryly humorous. Considered England’s greatest living poet by the age of 25, Pope would be hailed by Lord Byron as “the greatest name in our Poetry.”

Includes an Introduction by Christopher Miller
and an Afterword by Elliott Visconsi

  • Published: 3 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780451532107
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $13.99
Categories:

About the author

Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope was born on 21st May 1688.He was brought up a Roman Catholic at a time where the laws of England were prejudicial towards Catholics. He suffered tuberculosis as a child and was crippled by it. He never grew taller than 4'6". He first published The Rape of the Lock when he was twenty-three years old in 1712. He later added to it in 1714 and 1717. It was written to reconcile two families who had fallen out over a similar incident where a young Lord Petre had cut off a lock of hair from Arabella Fermor's head. Pope went on to translate the works of Homer and produce The Dunciad and An Essay on Man. Pope died on 30th May 1744.

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