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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.
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.

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.
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.
So much they scorn the crowd, that if the throng
By chance go right, they purposely go wrong.
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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