Together, they constituted only the first part of a much larger project, one which Pope's lifelong poor health did not permit to be realized.Their purpose was, in Pope's words, to "vindicate the ways of God to Man," a clear play on Milton's purpose in Paradise Lost to "justify the ways of God to Man," though I think that Pope rather more explained the ways of Man to Man. As those of you who follow my reviews surely have deduced, I am convinced that one cannot fully understand a work of art (or any other fabrication of Man) without grasping its historical and intellectual context.In the late 17th century and through at least the first half of the 18th century a particular complex of ideas permeated many of the cognoscenti of the time.Tags: Analects Confucius Essay NewSoftware For Business PlanShort Story Essay ThemeSimilarities In Writing Process For Essays And Research PapersBuying A Term PaperCritical Essay ThesisEssay On Jemaa El Fna Thousands And One NightSca Research PaperEnvironmental Studies Essay
" "Fortune her gifts may variously dispose, And these be happy call’d, unhappy those; But heav’n’s just balance equal will appear, While those are plac’d in hope, and these in fear: Not present good or ill, the joy or curse, But future views of better, or of worse." "Nor ends the pleasure with the fierce embrace; They love themselves, a third time, in their race.
Thus beast and bird their common charge attend The mothers nurse it, and the sires defend; The young dismiss’d to wander earth or air, There stops the instinct, and there ends the care; The link dissolves, each seeks a fresh embrace, Another love succeeds, another race.
Mais détournons les yeux De cet impur amas d'imposteurs odieux The "son" and "sa" refer to the Supreme Being; the "donc" is very telling. Intensely and supremely knitted in blossoming beauty of poetry. Intensely and supremely knitted in blossoming beauty of poetry.
In a note Voltaire did deign to exclude Confucius from this impur amas d'imposteurs odieux, since he s’en est tenu à la religion naturelle. Some of Greatest lines - -"Two principles in human nature reign; Self-love, to urge, andreason, to restrain; Nor this a good, nor that a bad we call, Eachworks its end, to move or govern all: And to their proper operati What an exquisite philosophical poetry ! Some of Greatest lines - -"Two principles in human nature reign; Self-love, to urge, andreason, to restrain; Nor this a good, nor that a bad we call, Eachworks its end, to move or govern all: And to their proper operationstill Ascribe all Good, to their imprope" "Oh fool!
1736Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man. Lovejoy's very interesting Essays in the History of Ideas I finally understood the intellectual context of Alexander Pope's famous philosophical poem, An Essay On Man.
Perhaps best known as an author of satirical verses and a most engaging translation of the Iliad,(*) Pope also produced an edition of Shakespeare and venture Portrait of Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) by Jonathan Richardson, ca.Perhaps best known as an author of satirical verses and a most engaging translation of the Iliad,(*) Pope also produced an edition of Shakespeare and ventured into philosophical waters, as did so many writers in the 18th century.The various components of An Essay On Man appeared scattered through the years 1732-1734.The poem’s orderly exposition of ideas, its concentration on universals rather than specifics, and its heroic couplet verses, reflect the ideas of balance, subordination, and harmony better than even the finest prose. Portrait of Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) by Jonathan Richardson, ca.Human society also partakes of this universal order.The imitation of nature and rational self-love enable man to create a successful social order, but his favoring of a particular government or religion, instead of reliance on general principles, creates dissension and tyranny." “Together let us beat this ample field, Try what the open, what the covert yield; The latent tracts, the giddy heights explore Of all who blindly creep, or sightless soar; Eye Nature’s walks, shoot folly as it flies, And catch the manners living as they rise; Laugh where we must, be candid where we can; But vindicate the ways of God to man.” “Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar; Wait the great teacher death; and God adore.” “Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.” “Call imperfection what thou fanciest such, Say, here He gives too little, there too much: Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust, Yet cry, If man’s unhappy, God’s unjust.” “All Nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good: And, spite of pride, in erring reason’s spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.” “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is man.” “See!and confess, one comfort still must rise, ‘Tis this, - Though man’s a fool, yet God is wise.” “For forms of government let fools contest; Whate’er is best administered is best: For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight; His can’t be wrong whose life is in the right: In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind’s concern is charity: All must be false that thwart this one great end; And all of God, that bless mankind or mend.” “The good must merit God’s peculiar care; But who, but God, can tell us who they are?Not that I believe that the work can be reduced to its context, or is an epiphenomenon of that context (or of the Weltgeist and the like), any more than I think that it can be reduced to the author's life experience or, even less, his psychological constitution.These are all just components of the circumstances that led to the creation of the work, which itself is yet both more and less than these.