By Paul Baines

Such a lot of questions encompass the major figures within the English literary canon, yet so much books concentrate on one point of an author's lifestyles or paintings, or restrict themselves to a unmarried severe process. Alexander Pope is a complete, ordinary advisor which: * bargains details on Pope's lifestyles, contexts and works * define the key serious concerns surrounding his works, from the time they have been written to the current *explains the complete diversity of alternative severe perspectives and interpretations * deals courses to extra examining in every one region mentioned.

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Swift was in England for the first time for over a decade, and was in unusually positive spirits: he had become a national hero in Ireland for leading the popular campaign to resist the attempts of Walpole’s administration to impose cheaplyproduced copper coinage on the Irish economy for the benefit of the English industrialist who was to manufacture them. Swift sought interviews with Walpole to ascertain what his prospects were for ecclesiastical promotion to an English benefice; but he was also carrying the manuscript of what was to become the most explosive satire of its time: Gulliver’s Travels, eventually delivered to the publisher in an extremely secret and anonymous manner (Pope may literally have had a hand in it).

At this point Francis Atterbury, Bishop of Rochester, tried to get Pope to turn protestant on prudential grounds, as Swift had before, resulting in a careful statement of Pope’s position: 21 ALEXANDER POPE I am not a Papist, for I renounce the temporal invasions of Papal power, and detest their arrogated authority over Princes, and States. I am a Catholick, in the strictest sense of the word. If I was born under an absolute Prince, I would be a quiet subject; but I thank God I was not. I have a due sense of the excellence of the British constitution.

The Grotto allowed for unusual visual perspectives: you could see into the garden from the Thames, and vice versa; you could, thanks to carefully placed mirrors, see some unusual inversion of scene: When you shut the Doors of this Grotto, it becomes on the instant, from a luminous Room, a Camera obscura; on the Walls of which all the Objects of the River, Hills, Woods, and Boats, are forming a moving Picture in their visible Radiations: And when you have a mind to light it up, it affords you a very different Scene: it is finish’d with Shells interspersed with Pieces of Looking-glass in angular forms; and in the Cieling [sic] is a Star of the same Material, at which when a Lamp ...

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