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An Essay on Criticism - A Timeless Guide to Poetic Theory and Literary Excellence - cover

An Essay on Criticism - A Timeless Guide to Poetic Theory and Literary Excellence

Alexander Pope

Publisher: Good Press

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Alexander Pope's 'An Essay on Criticism' is a seminal work in the field of literary criticism, offering astute insights into the principles of aesthetics and the art of writing. This didactic poem combines scholarly analysis with poetic flair, addressing the key aspects of literary theory such as the importance of nature, the role of the critic, and the balance between creativity and imitation. Pope's eloquent verses provide a structured guide for aspiring writers and critics, emphasizing the need for humility and good judgment in the pursuit of literary excellence. Written in heroic couplets, the poem reflects the Neoclassical literary style prevalent in the 18th century, showcasing Pope's mastery of form and content. As a prominent figure in the Augustan Age of English literature, Pope's work continues to influence modern criticism and literary theory. His keen observations on the art of writing make 'An Essay on Criticism' a timeless classic that deserves a place on every scholar's bookshelf.
Available since: 11/19/2019.
Print length: 119 pages.

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