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I. INTRODUCTION ; II. The Old English Times ; III. Norman Times;
few things more just or more fine than his analysis of these two poor men.
“With him there was a ploughman, was his brother-,
An honest labourer, and a good was he,
In a tabard, he rode upon a mare.
Smerte, displeased. It lay in his might, if only it was in his power. Catel, cattle; property: Tabard, originally a herald's coat, then a loose blouse worn by ploughmen.
Rode upon a mare, people of quality thought this an undignified thing to do.
The Clerk of Oxford, who had not yet got a living, made a worthy companion to the Parson and the Ploughman. He was as fond of learning, and of teaching others to learn, as the Parson was of looking after his parish. The Parson and the Clerk represent the best and purest aspects of the Church that are to be found at the end of the fourteenth century.
A Clerk there was of Oxenford also,
Not one word spake he more than was need;
The Moral Essays and the Imitations from Horace furnish themes not so liable to discussion. They show Pope at his best as a satirist; but they are wanting in strength of argument, and the first of them, on the Characters of Men, had to be entirely rearranged by Warburton. It is the weakest of the four; still it contains passages which could only have been produced by Pope. The subject of the second essay was badly chosen. In women, with perhaps one exception, Pope hardly saw anything except their faults. There is an objectionable allusion in the essay to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and coarse satire in the portrait of Atossa, the Duchess of Marlborough. Over the third essay, again largely altered by Warburton, Pope took great pains. Among many vigorous passages, the most notorious is the scene of the Duke of Buckingham's deathbed.
The Imitations from Horace, prefaced by an Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, are even more notorious for the vigour of their satire. Some of Pope's most famous dissections of characte are to be found in the epistle—the attack upon Addison under the name of Atticus, the description of Lord Hervey as Sporus, and of the Duke of Marlborough as Bestia.
Atticus (Joseph Addison).
But were there one whose fires
Who would not weep if Atticus were he ?” Pope was never in any sense a poet of the emotions. He can better be called a poet of the understanding. The one metrical form which he could control was the heroic couplet ; his mastery was only over the verse belonging to his age. The
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