Alexander pope essay on man epistle 1 text

An Essay on Criticism is one of the first major poems written by the English writer Alexander Pope (1688–1744). It is the source of the famous quotations "To err is human, to forgive divine," "A little learning is a dang'rous thing" (frequently misquoted as "A little knowledge is a dang'rous thing"), and "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." It first appeared in 1711 [1] after having been written in 1709, and it is clear from Pope's correspondence [2] that many of the poem's ideas had existed in prose form since at least 1706. Composed in heroic couplets (pairs of adjacent rhyming lines of iambic pentameter ) and written in the Horatian mode of satire, it is a verse essay primarily concerned with how writers and critics behave in the new literary commerce of Pope's contemporary age. The poem covers a range of good criticism and advice, and represents many of the chief literary ideals of Pope's age.

“To err is human but to really screw up it takes the Berkeley City Council.”
       Gordon Wozniak
       Berkeley, California City Council member
       Comment on the controversy over a resolution calling for the Berkeley City Council to send a letter to the . Marines saying that Marine recruiters were “unwelcome intruders” in the city. Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle , February 14, 2008.

Alexander pope essay on man epistle 1 text

alexander pope essay on man epistle 1 text

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