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By Alexander Pope, Robin Sowerby

ISBN-10: 0415006651

ISBN-13: 9780415006651

Alexander Pope's technical polish and highbrow poise entice the subtlest viewers. this feature contains The Rape of the Lock, Eloisa to Abelard, and extracts from The Dunciad and the interpretation of Homer.

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As to the hiatus, it is certainly to be avoided as often as possible; but, on the other hand, since the reason of it is only for the sake of the numbers, so, if to avoid it we incur another fault against their smoothness, methinks the very end of that nicety is destroyed. As when we say (for instance) 10 But th’ old have interest ever in their view to avoid the hiatus in ‘The old have interest,’ does not the ear in this place tell us that the hiatus is smoother, less constrained, and so preferable to the caesura?

Unbiased, or by favour, or by spite; Not dully prepossessed, nor blindly right; Though learned, well-bred; and though well-bred, sincere; Modestly bold, and humanly severe: Who to a friend his faults can freely show, And gladly praise the merit of a foe? Blessed with a taste exact, yet unconfined; A knowledge both of books and human kind; 640 52 [255–9] Generous converse; a soul exempt from pride; And love to praise, with reason on his side? Such once were critics; such the happy few, Athens and Rome in better ages knew.

Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire. Blest, who can unconcernedly find Hours, days, and years slide soft away, In health of body, peace of mind, Quiet by day. 10 Sound sleep by night; study and ease, Together mixed; sweet recreation: And innocence, which most does please, With meditation. Thus let me live, unseen, unknown, Thus unlamented let me die, Steal from the world, and not a stone Tell where I lie.

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