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Pope Alexander; The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope

SKU: Pope, Alexander AB0310104 $39.00
The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope. Volume III, only, of three volumes complete, with his last corrections, additions, and improvements, together with all his notes, as they were delivered to the editor a little before his death. Together with the commentary and notes of Mr. Warburton. Volume III. Published by Samuel A. Bascom, Philadelphia in 1819. William Fry printers. Full leather with gilt on spine. Split in binding down the middle of the spine with some leather loss. Binding is tight, hinges are tight. However, the leather has cracked through on both hinges. Leather loss the head and foot. Both boards are rubbed consistent with age. There is a .5 cm. x 1.5 cm. dent on the top edge of the back board. 360 cream to light tan pages without foxing, spotting, tears or loss. Minor staining on back end pages and darkening of paste downs due to age. Text is complete. Volume measures: 11 cm. x 18 cm. (16mo). Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 a'' 30 May 1744) was a famous eighteenth century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Pope is famous for his use of the heroic couplet. Pope died the greatest poet of his age. However, by the mid-eighteenth century new fashions in poetry started to emerge. A decade after Popea's death, Joseph Warton claimed that Popea's style of poetry was not the most excellent form of the art. The Romantic movement was more ambivalent towards his work. In the twentieth century an effort to revive Popea's reputation began and was successful. Popea's work was now found to be full of references to the people and places of his time and these aided individuals understanding of the past. The postwar period stressed the power of Popea's poetry and recognized the Popea's immersion in Christian and Biblical culture gave great depth to his poetry. Maynard Mack thought very highly of Popea's poetry. He argued that Popea's humane moral vision demanded as much respect as his technical excellence.