The Dunciad: In Four Books
This is a new edition of The Dunciad in Four Books of 1743, the culmination of the series of Dunciads which Alexander Pope produced over the last decade and a half of his life. It comprises not only a poem, but also a mass of authorial annotation and appendices, and this new edition is the only one available which gives all the verse and the prose in a clearly laid-out form, with a full modern commentary.
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Now it is plain Philips hath done this, and in that particular excelled both
Theocritus and Virgil. As Simplicity is the distinguishing characteristic of Pastoral,
Virgil hath been thought guilty of too courtly a style; his language is perfectly pure
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and Virgil, which are improper to the scene of his Pastorals: He introduces
Daphnis, Alexis, and Thyrsis on British plains, as Virgil hath done before him on
the Mantuan. Whereas Philips, who hath the strictest regard to propriety, makes
The smooth numbers of the Dunciad are all that recommend it, nor has it any
other meritk. It must be own'd that he hath got a notable knack of rhyming and
writing smooth verse'. Mr. POPE'S Homer. The Homer which Lintot prints, does
not talk ...
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On the whole, I did enjoy reading this poem, although I found it very difficult to read. I've heard before that it's very hard to comprehend the first time around, and I would have to agree. Although ... Read full review
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