Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

A selective list of online literary criticism on the eighteenth-century English poet, satirist, translator, editor, and literary critic Alexander Pope, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in reviewed sources

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Literary Criticism

Alexander Pope. Selected poetry by Pope, and short introduction to his life, from Representitive Poetry Online.

Gordon, I.R.F. An introduction to Alexander Pope from the Literary Encyclopedia, 2002-03-03. On Pastorals (1709); Essay on Criticism (1711); The Rape of the Lock (1712); Windsor-Forest (1713); Eloisa to Abelard (1717); Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady (1717); The Works of William Shakespeare (1725); Peri Bathous, or the Art of Sinking in Poetry (1727); Dunciad (1728); An Epistle to Burlington [Moral Essay IV] (1731); Imitations of Horace (1733); An Essay on Man (1733); An Epistle to Bathurst [Moral Essay III] (1733); An Epistle to Cobham [Moral Essay I] (1734); An Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot (1735); An Epistle to a Lady [Moral Essay II] (1735); Epilogue to the Satires: Dialogues I & II (1738); Moral Essays (1751) [subscription service]

The Rape of the Lock web page. Ed. S. Constintine. Background to the poem, versions, old illustrations, chronology, and more.

"Alexander Pope." An introduction to Pope from the Catholic Encyclopedia.

"Augustan ideas about art and human moral nature." Compares Horace's Ars Poetica (in Latin) and Boileau's Art poétique (in French) with Pope's Essay on Criticism. The site includes a special Latin dictionary with definitions keyed to the words included in the selections. From a class by W. C. Dowling, at Rutgers Univ.

The American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Web site for the scholarly journal.

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