Alexander Pope: Selected Poetry and Prose (Routledge English Texts)
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.
equivalent syllables by myself require, Tho’ oft the ear the open vowels tire; whereas expletives their feeble reduction do sign up for; And ten low phrases oft creep in a single uninteresting line: whereas they ring around the similar unvaried chimes, With convinced returns of nonetheless anticipated rhymes; Where’er you discover ‘the cooling western breeze,’ within the subsequent line, it ‘whispers during the trees’: If ‘crystal streams with enjoyable murmurs creep’: The reader’s threatened (not in useless) with ‘sleep’. Then, on the final and basically couplet fraught With.
Or plunged in lakes of sour washes lie, Or wedged complete a long time in a bodkin’s eye: Gums and pomatums shall his flight restrain, whereas clogged he beats his silken wings in useless: Or alum styptics with contracting energy lower his skinny essence like a rivelled flower: Or, as Ixion fastened, the wretch shall believe The giddy movement of the whirling mill, In fumes of burning chocolate shall glow, And tremble on the sea that froths below!’ He spoke; the spirits from the sails descend; a few, orb in orb, round.
Warrior’s hearth; The troops pursue their leaders with pride, Rush to the foe, and declare the promised struggle. Menestheus from on excessive the hurricane beheld Threatening the fortress, and blackening within the box: round the partitions he gazed, to view from a long way What reduction looked as if it would stay clear of the impending struggle, 60 And observed the place Teucer with the Ajaces stood, Of struggle insatiate, prodigal of blood. In useless he calls; the din of helms and shields jewelry to the skies, and echoes throughout the fields, The brazen hinges fly,.
1730 EPITAPH. ON MR ELIJAH FENTON. AT EASTHAMSTEAD IN BERKS, 1730 This modest stone, what few useless marbles can, may possibly actually say, right here lies a decent guy; A poet blest past the poet’s destiny, Whom Heaven stored sacred from the proud and nice: Foe to loud compliment, and buddy to realized ease, content material with technological know-how within the vale of peace, one hundred fifty 10 [280–1] lightly he regarded on both lifestyles, and right here observed not anything to remorse, or there to worry; From Nature’s temperate ceremonial dinner rose chuffed, Thanked Heaven that.
To an finish, now not an result in themselves, and there's a grace past the achieve of paintings (ll. 141–57). 18 The freedom and suppleness Pope reserved for the poet in appreciate of the foundations replicate a freedom and suppleness he felt relating to the masterpieces of the earlier from which they have been mostly drawn. The previous was once of price to Pope because it may perhaps serve the reason for actual civilization within the current. Even in these poems which could appear at the face of it to be so much reliant upon old shape simply because.