An Essay on Criticism (Part I) — Alexander Pope

An Essay on Criticism is one of the first major poems written by the English writer Alexander Pope (1688–1744). It is written in a type of rhyming verse called heroic couplets. The poem first appeared in 1711, but was written in 1709, and it is clear from Pope’s correspondence that many of the poem’s ideas had existed in prose form since at least 1706. It … Continue reading An Essay on Criticism (Part I) — Alexander Pope

An Essay on Criticism (Part II) — Alexander Pope

II 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. Whatever Nature has in worth denied, She gives in large recruits of needful pride; For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find What wants in blood and spirits, swell’d with wind; Pride, where … Continue reading An Essay on Criticism (Part II) — Alexander Pope

An Essay on Criticism (Part III) — Alexander Pope

  III Learn then what morals critics ought to show, For ’tis but half a judge’s task, to know. ‘Tis not enough, taste, judgment, learning, join; In all you speak, let truth and candour shine: That not alone what to your sense is due, All may allow; but seek your friendship too. Be silent always when you doubt your sense; And speak, though sure, with … Continue reading An Essay on Criticism (Part III) — Alexander Pope