Tag: Alexander Pope


12 of the Best Alexander Pope Quotations

The eighteenth-century poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744) is not the most fashionable English poet: few people read his poetry for pleasure, one suspects, and even in universities he is not as popular or central to the canon as he once was. With his Augustan rationalism and his perfectly crafted heroic couplets, […]


The Best Alexander Pope Poems Everyone Should Read

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) Alexander Pope (1688-1744) is one of the leading poets of the Augustan era in English literature, named in honour of the Roman emperor Augustus, because Augustan writers sought to return to the values embodied by classical poets from the time of Augustus’ reign. Such […]


Five Fascinating Facts about Alexander Pope

The life of Alexander Pope, told through five interesting pieces of biographical trivia 1. He was known as ‘the Wasp of Twickenham’. Poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744) earned this nickname because of his stinging satirical attacks on the famous people of the age, especially other writers. Pope’s long mock-epic The Dunciad (1728-43) – […]