Nature, Wit, and Invention: Contextualizing An Essay on Criticism
This article contextualizes the eighteenth-century English poet Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Criticism (1711) and his other literary essays in order to elicit Pope’s contributions to the neoclassical norm. Exploring the aesthetic interchanges between Pope and his predecessors and contemporaries, I endeavor to show how Pope’s poetry and prose have tackled the difficult task of unifying antithetical categories of invention and judgment into the Johnsonian “general nature.”
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