In this concise introduction to Pope’s life and work, first published in 1975, the poet’s highly successful career as a man of letters is seen against the background of the Augustan age as a whole. Pat Rogers begins by examining the relationship of the eighteenth-century writer to his audience, and discusses the role of style and versification in this. The book covers the whole of Pope’s work and includes not only the translations of Homer and such minor poems as The Temple of Fame, but also the prose, both drama and correspondence. Based on extensive research, this book will provide literature students with a greater appreciation and understanding of Pope’s verse and the ways in which he addressed his eighteenth-century context in his work.
Preface; 1. The Writer and His Audience 2. The Politics of Style 3. Soft Numbers and Good Sense 4. Fancy’s Maze 5. Home and Shakespeare 6. Maps of Humanity 7. Images of Life 8. The Empire of Dullness 9. A Poet’s Prose 10. Pope and his Age; Abbreviations; Notes; Reading List; Table of Dates; Index
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