By Alexander Pope, Robin Sowerby
Alexander Pope's technical polish and highbrow poise attract the subtlest viewers. this option contains The Rape of the Lock, Eloisa to Abelard, and extracts from The Dunciad and the interpretation of Homer.
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This is evident everywhere in Homer and Virgil, and nowhere else that I know of to any observable degree…. This, I think, is what very few observe in practice and is undoubtedly of wonderful force in imprinting the image on the reader. We have one excellent example of this in our language, Mr Dryden’s ode on St Cecilia’s Day entitled ‘Alexander’s Feast, or the Power of Music’. 50 60 AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM ’Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill Appear in writing or in judging ill; But, of the two, less dangerous is the offence To tire our patience, than mislead our sense: Some few in that, but numbers err in this, Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss; A fool might once himself alone expose, Now one in verse makes many more in prose.
Though occasionally capitals and contractions have been retained in the interests of emphasis and rhythm, for the most part the text conforms to modern usage. The standard modern texts of Pope for reference are: The Twickenham Edition of the Poems of Alexander Pope, general editor John Butt, in ten volumes, London and New Haven: Methuen, 1938–68, with index (volume XI edited by Maynard Mack, 1969). Available in a single volume edited by John Butt, London: Methuen, 1963, University paperback, 1965.
With your darts engage, Here point your thunder, and exhaust your rage! Yet shun their fault, who, scandalously nice, Will needs mistake an author into vice; All seems infected that the infected spy, As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye. Learn then what morals critics ought to show, For ’tis but half a judge’s task, to know. 50 560 [255–9] ’Tis not enough, taste, judgement, learning, join; In all you speak, let truth and candour shine: That not alone what to your sense is due All may allow; but seek your friendship too.