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A Week in Literary History

May 21st, 2002

In 1688, English poet Alexander Pope (Essay on Criticism, 1711) is born in London.

popeengraving.pngAlexander Pope, b. May 21, 1688, d. 1744

Pope fell out of favor in the nineteenth century when poetry turned away from rhymed couplets, but his skill and art are plain to see, and quotations from him have become part of the language: “A little learning is a dang’rous thing”; “To err is human, to forgive, divine”; “Hope springs eternal”; “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

Suggested Reading Poems An Essay on Criticism, 1711. The Rape of the Lock, 1712. Essay on Man, 1734.

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