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An Essay on Criticism by [Pope, Alexander]
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Originally published in 1896 as part of the Pitt Press Series, this book contains the text of Alexander Pope's poetic essay on criticism. Grammarian Alfred West introduces the poem with brief essays on Pope's versification, the poem's use of the word 'wit' and other aspects of the poem's composition.

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Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, as well as for his translation of Homer. Famous for his use of the heroic couplet, he is the third-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. From the age of 12, he suffered numerous health problems, such as Pott's disease (a form of tuberculosis that affects the bone), which deformed his body and stunted his growth, leaving him with a severe hunchback. His tuberculosis infection caused other health problems including respiratory difficulties, high fevers, inflamed eyes, and abdominal pain. He grew to a height of only 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in) tall. Although he never married, he had many female friends to whom he wrote witty letters. An Essay on Criticism was first published anonymously on 15 May 1711. He began writing the poem early in his career and took about three years to finish it. His most famous poem is The Rape of the Lock, first published in 1712. He had been fascinated by Homer since childhood. In 1713, he announced his plans to publish a translation of the Iliad. The work would be available by subscription, with one volume appearing every year over the course of six years. Pope secured a revolutionary deal with the publisher Bernard Lintot, which brought him two hundred guineas (£210) a volume, equivalent to about £27,300 in 2015, a vast sum at the time. His translation of the Iliad appeared between 1715 and 1720.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 101 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070439Q6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Nice slim volume. Fascinating take on life for one so young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A short but richly studded path to criticism. 17 Jan. 2014
By John C - Published on Amazon.com
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The following comment refers to the Kindle edition of "An Essay on Criticism" by Alexander Pope with introductory and explanatory notes, produced by Ted Garvin, David Garcia and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.
38 pages where every verse is worth its words, however hard some of the references might appear nowadays. Pope wrote it when what we think in term of ancient classics were not so old, and not yet swept away and submerged by tide after tide of new works, making it difficult for the new generations to find the time to delve into the wit of the past. "Wit", a word that Pope does use often in this work and which deserves a study of its own due to the multiple layers of meaning it discloses. Still, this edition has the merit to offer an interactive explanation of the more or less obscure quotations, adding to the gratification the reader can derive.
Many facets of criticism are explored and expounded by Pope, making them appear illuminating, convincing and, what matters most, simple in their brevity.
Few pages that deserves to be mulled over several times to be appreciated even more.
And last, but not the least, Amazon offers this edition at zero cost. True, it is available free on line, but it is an honest move by Amazon to declare it and offer it all the same in its catalogue.
1.0 out of 5 stars Just another public domain text--look elsewhere 19 Jan. 2017
By N. Editor - Published on Amazon.com
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If you expect to get more features or content than the free version of Essay on Criticism, you will be disappointed. This is the gutenberg.com version, with the same introduction and oddly written notes. Also worth noting is that most of Pope's punctuation is missing. The only difference I found between the two editions is that this one has a portrait of Pope on the cover.
Save your dollar.
1.0 out of 5 stars unpleasant reading 9 April 2017
By thomas fegan - Published on Amazon.com
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Horrible narration, bad inflection, mispronunciations, garbled.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 April 2017
By Richard Benyo - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look for newest edition. 1 Feb. 2015
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
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This work is one you should own on Kindle, even if you have a paper copy, as it is "dirt cheap" , at $.99. Contrary to the earlier reviewer, this edition is not free. I rarely pick the free edition, if there is also a very inexpensive edition available as well. The free edition almost invariably has flaws, and no extra features such as commentary. It is simply Pope's text. But it is a very clean text, without the usual detritis of a poor paper to electronic conversion. Be aware that there is a newer Kindle version, with a different cover (a painting of Pope) at $.99, but with the addition of an introduction written by a modern writer. I suggest you buy that edition.
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