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Alexander Pope
(1688-1744) born on
May 21
English poet. He is remembered as a major satirist of Augustan age; wrote "The Rape of the Lock," 1714 and "Moral Essays," 1731-35.
         
   
F
Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.

R
Of all the causes which conspire to blind
Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind,
What the weak head with strongest bias rules,
Is Pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
A
Some daemon stole my pen (forgive th' offence)
And once betrayed me into common sense.
Else all my prose and verse were much the same.
N
So much they scorn the crowd, that if the throng
By chance go right, they purposely go wrong.
K
Not louder shrieks to pitying heav'n are cast,
When husbands, or when lap-dogs breathe their last.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Epigram from the French.
R: An Essay on Criticism."
A: The Dunciad, Bk i. 187
N: Essay on Criticism (1711).
K: The Rape of the Lock," III
   


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