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Routledge Revivals: The Poetry of Alexander Pope (1955)

Laureate of Peace, 1st Edition

By G. Wilson Knight


188 pages

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First published in 1955, this exegesis on the writings of Alexander Pope reveals the technical felicities of his poetry, and is the first to be devoted to the great meaning inherent in his work. One section, which has appeared before and did much to redirect the study of Pope, has been thoroughly revised. Of the other four chapters, one offers an original of The Temple of Fame, and, while discussing this neglected poem, makes several suggestions which may be said to constitute a significant advance in aesthetics. Another analyses Byron’s support of Pope, regarding it as a landmark in the history of English literary criticism and as necessary to the understanding of Pope and Byron alike. The last chapter discusses the relation of Pope’s thought to our own time. This book adds much to what is already known of Pope, and will go far in reviving an interest in the work and philosophy of the Laureate of Peace.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Diction and Doctrine 2. The Vital Flame: An Interpretative Study 3. Symbolic Eternities: An Introduction to the Temple of Fame 4. The Book of Life: On Byron’s Adulation of Pope 5. Afterthoughts; Postscript; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century