The English poet and satirist Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was the greatest poet and verse satirist of the Augustan period. No other poet in the historyof English literature has handled the heroic couplet with comparable flexibility and brilliance.
Alexander Pope inherited from John Dryden the verse from that hechose to perfect. He polished his work with meticulous care and, like all great poets, used language with genuine inventiveness. His qualities of imagination are seen inthe originality with which he handled traditional forms, in his satiric vision of the contemporary world, and in his inspired use of classical models.
Pope was bornon May 21, 1688, in London, where his Roman Catholic father was a linen merchant. After the Glorious Revolution of 1688 his family moved out of London and settled about1700 at Binfield in Windsor Forest. Pope had little formal schooling,
English essayist, critic, satirist, and one of the greatest poets of Enlightenment. AlexanderPope wrote his first verses at the age of 12. His breakthrough work, AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM (1711), appeared when he was twenty-three. It included the famous line "alittle learning is a dangerous thing." Pope's physical defects made him an easy target for heartless mockery, but he was also considered a leading literary critic and theepitome of English Neoclassicism.
Alexander Pope was an eighteenth-century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He isthe 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.