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Alexander Pope

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Overview

Author

Alexander Pope

Year Published

1711

Type

Poem

Genre

Argument

Perspective and Narrator

"An Essay on Criticism" is written from the third-person perspective. Alexander Pope sums up his beliefs about the qualities of worthy writing and expands upon them without bringing his own personal voice or history into the discussion.

Tense

"An Essay on Criticism" is written in the present tense.

About the Title

"An Essay on Criticism" is in the form of a rhyming poem, but its content is akin to a nonfiction essay detailing and supporting Pope's arguments about writers and critics. Alexander Pope wrote and translated many different types of literature, using poetic forms to express diverse content.

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