Unformatted text preview: The Age of Pope (1700–1750), also called the Augustan Age
* Alexander Pope (1688–1744), an admired poet of his time, was
representative of the style, employing wit, rationality, and balance in his
poetry. Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock,” is a mock epic that satirizes the
“battle of the sexes.”
* Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism,” a long verse essay in heroic couplets, had
tremendous influence on literary criticism, and many well-known sayings
still in use today come from it.
* Jonathon Swift’s satire was pointed and sharp, in contrast to Pope’s, which
was less harsh
* Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is famous for its satirization of the European
political and intellectual landscape.
* Addison and Steele collaborated on two literary periodicals, The Tattler and
The Spectator, which were two of the first periodicals
* The Restoration period is also called the Augustan Age because many
writers openly imitated Greek and Roman literature. The term Augustan is a
reference comparing King George I to Emperor Augustus Caesar of Rome.
* London was considered the center of the literary universe, much as ancient
Rome was during the days of Augustus, Virgil, and Horace. ...
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