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Alexander Pope

1688 - 1744
English poet and satirist, Alexander Pope is one of the most epigrammatic of all English authors. He is also famous for using the heroic couplet.

The Romantic movement has an ambivalent position towards his work: even though Byron admitted he was one of his main influences, Wordsworth thought his style was basically too decadent to be a faithful representation of the human condition.
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True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learned to dance.
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Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,... [+]