The Poetic Workmanship of Alexander Pope


Rebecca Price Parkin

Through a detailed examination of Alexander Pope’s poetic practices, Mrs. Parkin throws light both on the craftsmanship and on the philosophical concepts which governed the creative thought of the poet. She analyzes Pope’s use of such literary devices as irony, antithesis, metaphor, narrative, paradox, tension, tonal variation, and the dramatic speaker. She discusses the Pope’s work as a whole. The study also provides an evaluation of the influence on Pope’s work of the neo-classical concepts of genre and imitation.

Rebecca Price Parkin was assistant professor of English at Sacramento State College (now Sacramento State University).

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