Alexander Pope

[Alexander Pope] English poet; born on 22 May 1688 in London, England; died 30 May 1744 in Twickenham, England. Frail and deformed in body, he was able to acquire only a spasmodic and irregular education, and after thirteen was self-educated. A Catholic, he was barred from a professional career by the anti-Catholic Laws, and turned to poetry. In 1709 his Pastorals and Episode of Sarpedon appeared in the Poetical Miscellanies; in 1712 he published the Rape of the Lock; in 1713 he began a translation of Homer's Iliad in English verse, and in 1727 a translation of the Odyssey. The same year, together with Swift, he brought out the Miscellanies and in 1728 the Dunciad first appeared, although it did not come out in its final form until 1743. His famous Essay on Man appeared in 1733. Pope had a fatal gift of arousing enmity and of yielding to vindictiveness; he is, however, recognized as the representative poet of the first half of the 18th century.

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