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ALEXANDER POPE 1688-1744 Poet of the Age of Reason
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Sketches of Pope
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Pope’s Poetry “Essay on Criticism” Of all the causes which conspire to blind Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind, What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. Whatever Nature has in worth denied, She gives in large recruits of needful pride; For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find What wants in blood and spirits, swell'd with wind; Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defence, And fills up all the mighty void of sense! If once right reason drives that cloud away, Truth breaks upon us with resistless day; Trust not yourself; but your defects to know, Make use of ev'ry friend--and ev'ry foe.
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Alexander Pope  --  Influences Descartes--the emphasis upon reason, order, harmony Leibnitz--Rational Theology
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Poetic Form The Heroic Couplet The heroic couplet’s rhyme-scheme was ordinarily closed, rhymed couplets. The meter was Iambic Pentameter. The couplets often contrasted opposing ideas in an epigrammatic manner. “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2011 for the course HUM 201 taught by Professor David during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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