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The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope - Volume 2

Alexander Pope

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The second volume of the complete works of poetry by Alexander Pope.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Oh when, alas! shall more auspicious gales
To these fond eyes restore thy welcome sails?
If you return—ah, why these long delays?
Poor Sappho dies while careless Phaon stays.
Oh launch thy bark, nor fear the watery plain; 250
Venus for thee shall smooth her native main.
Oh launch thy bark, secure of prosperous gales;
Cupid for thee shall spread the swelling sails.
If you will fly—(yet ah! what cause can be,
Too cruel youth, that you should fly from me?)
If not from Phaon I must hope for ease,
Ah, let me seek it from the raging seas:
To raging seas unpitied I'll remove,
And either cease to live, or cease to love!


She said, and for her lost Galanthis sighs;
When the fair consort of her son replies:
'Since you a servant's ravish'd form bemoan,
And kindly si. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Thackeray called Alexander Pope the greatest literary artist that England had ever seen so I figured it was time for me to become better acquainted with this 18th century poet (1688-1744) .

I was familiar with a few of his famous lines such as "A little learning is a dangerous thing, drink deep or t

I do like Pope, the 18th Century master of snark.

He gets four stars. What is of extreme interest in this edition is the introduction. It was written by a Doctor of Divinity who does little to commend the man, and has little to say about the poet. The Dr. Has his own version of snark.

I avoided Alexander Pope for all of the time I spent getting my degree. I just took good class notes and faked it. Then, someone told me "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" was their favorite movie. I had never seen it, so I looked it up. To my surprise, the title came from a line in an Alexande