The campaigns that led to the erection of these monuments involved some of the most influential figures within contemporary letters and polite culture, not least Alexander Pope
C[pounds sterling]My good qualities have been so frozen and locked up in a dull constitution at all my former hours, that it is very astonishing to me, now I am drunk to find so much virtue in me,C[yen] wrote poet and satirist Alexander Pope
to Martha Blount in 1714.
But this is more or less what Alexander Pope
jested about in An Essay on Man (1733): "Lo, the poor Indian, whose untutored mind,/ Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind.
Conversation is nothing less than "the feast of reason and the flow of soul," as Alexander Pope
wrote (in apparently the only 18th-century quotation on the subject not reprised in this volume.
Such proposals naturally bring to mind what Alexander Pope
wrote almost 300 years ago, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
While its sophisticated and well-informed contribution to histories of masculinity and sexuality will make this book worthwhile reading for historians, literary scholars will be most interested in its treatment of Alexander Pope
If paying attention is a form of prayer, then yes, Mom, I've been praying that the transcendent powers of the river will show me how to appreciate what Alexander Pope
calls the "magnificent regularity" of the universe and my place in it.
The Last and Greatest Art: Some Unpublished Poetical Manuscripts of Alexander Pope
warned, "A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
Throughout she analyzes and interprets both well-known authors like Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, and Alexander Pope
, and more obscure writers including Aphra Behn, Delariviere Manley, and Bonnell Thornton.
Thus, when we hear racy songs, see suggestive billboards and TV ads, or watch television shows with morally subversive themes and bawdy content, we are unavoidably being conditioned to tolerate and, eventually, embrace vice, that "monster of so fearful mien, as to be feared needs but to be seen" that Alexander Pope
She knew all the eminent figures of the day, from John Evelyn to Alexander Pope