Quid de te alii loquantur, ipsi videant, sed loquentur tamen. Let what others say about you be their concern; whatever it is, they will say it anyway.
In the Spring of , Alexander Pope was born an only child to Alexander and Edith Pope. The elder Pope, a linen-draper and recent convert to Catholicism, soon moved his family from London to Binfield, Berkshire in the face of . AN EPISTLE TO Dr. ARBUTHNOT. 1 SHUT, shut the door, good John! fatigu'd I said, * See the Epistle to the Earl of Burlington. Dean and silver Bell can swear, Namely on the Duke of Buckingham, Earl of Burlington, Bishop Atterbury, Dr. Swift, Mr. Gay, Dr. Arbuthnot, his Friends, his Parents, and his very Nurse, aspers'd in printed Papers. In the Spring of , Alexander Pope was born an only child to Alexander and Edith Pope. The elder Pope, a linen-draper and recent convert to Catholicism, soon moved his family from London to Binfield, Berkshire in the face of repressive, anti-Catholic legislation from Parliament.
The elder Pope, a linen-draper and recent convert to Catholicism, soon moved his family from London to Binfield, Berkshire in the face of repressive, anti-Catholic legislation from Parliament. Described by his biographer, John Spence, as "a child of a particularly sweet temper," and with a voice so melodious as to be nicknamed the "Little Nightingale," the child Pope bears little resemblance to the irascible and outspoken moralist of the later poems.
Barred from attending public school or university because of his religion, Pope was largely self-educated. He taught himself French, Italian, Latin, and Greek, and read widely, discovering Homer at the age of six.
At twelve, Pope composed his earliest extant work, Ode to Solitude; the same year saw the onset of the debilitating bone deformity that would plague Pope until the end of his life. His physical appearance would make him an easy target for his many literary enemies in later years, who would refer to the poet as a "hump-backed toad.
Its mundane subject—the true account of a squabble between two prominent Catholic families over the theft of a lock of hair—is transformed by Pope into a mock-heroic send-up of classical epic poetry.
He arranged for the work to be available by subscription, with a single volume being released each year for six years, a model that garnered Pope enough money to be able to live off his work alone, one of the few English poets in history to have been able to do so.
Infollowing the death of his father, Pope moved to an estate at Twickenham, where he would live for the remainder of his life. Though published anonymously, there was little question as to its authorship.
Reaction to the Dunciad from its victims and sympathizers was more hostile than that of any of his previous works; Pope reportedly would not leave his house without two loaded pistols in his pocket.
Unbeknownst to the public, Pope had edited his letters and delivered them to Curll in secret. He began work on an epic in blank verse entitled Brutus, which he quickly abandoned; only a handful of lines survive. Alexander Pope died at Twickenham, surrounded by friends, on May 30, Since his death, Pope has been in a constant state of reevaluation.
His high artifice, strict prosody, and, at times, the sheer cruelty of his satire were an object of derision for the Romantic poets of the nineteenth century, and it was not until the s that his reputation was revived. Pope is now considered the dominant poetic voice of his century, a model of prosodic elegance, biting wit, and an enduring, demanding moral force.The Epistle to Dr.
Arbuthnot is a satire in poetic form written by Alexander Pope and addressed to his friend John Arbuthnot, a physician. It was first published in and composed in , when Pope learned that Arbuthnot was dying.
Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot; or, Prologue to the Satires. Advertisement. the man who would have persuaded the Duke of Chandos that Mr P. meant him in those circumstances ridiculed in the ‘Epistle on Taste.’— P. ‘Sporus:’ Lord Hervey. Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot shares the theme common to satirists since the days of the Roman poets Horace and Juvenal: the constant struggle of .
Arbuthnot was, as Pope knew, quite ill: a published response to him would need to make Arbuthnot look good, and Pope sound grateful for, if not humbled by, Arbuthnot’s concern.
It would need to explain why Pope wrote satire and sometimes named names. The Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot is a satire in poetic form written by Alexander Pope and addressed to his friend John Arbuthnot, a physician.
It was first published in and composed in , when Pope learned that Arbuthnot was dying. Pope described it as a memorial of their friendship. It has been called Pope's "most directly. So, the epistle is a response to dr. Arbuthnot’s concern for Pope but also gives expression to the latter’s personal views, qualities as a poet and harsh feelings towards some critics.
ANALYSIS Pope decided to write this epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot as a gratitude for the concern shown by the latter towards him.