Alexander Pope Yasmine Gooneratne

ISBN: 9780521290517

Published: September 16th 1976

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Alexander Pope  by  Yasmine Gooneratne

Alexander Pope by Yasmine Gooneratne
September 16th 1976 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9780521290517 | 6.57 Mb

Although Popes reputation as a poet has never been higher among scholars and academics, changes in our attitudes to the writing of poetry and to traditional literary values and fashions in versification have created barriers between his genius andMoreAlthough Popes reputation as a poet has never been higher among scholars and academics, changes in our attitudes to the writing of poetry and to traditional literary values and fashions in versification have created barriers between his genius and the general reader.

Popes poetry has to struggle against the assumptions that verse two centuries ago, filled with allusions to forgotten myths and contemporary personalities, can have little to say that is relevant. Professor Gooneratnes study effectively shows how these barriers can be surmounted by the reader, allowing Popes work to make its impact upon the imagination in its own way, as the expression of a powerful poetic personality which developed over forty years of continuous authorship. Every major poem in the Pope canon is fully and critically discussed, related to social circumstances that governed its composition and considered both as an example of generic writing and as an expression of personal feelings and convictions.

Through detailed analysis of Popes diction and poetic technique, Professor Gooneratne shows how his best and most deeply-felt verse expresses the living values of the Age of Enlightenment and demonstrates how a good writer can simultaneously extend and criticise the standards of his society.



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