Alexander Pope: The Critical Heritage

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IMITATIONS OF HORACE, SATIRE II. i

February 1733


77.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu replies in kind

March 1733

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Verses Address'd to the Imitator of the First Satire of the Second Book of Horace. By a Lady (1733). Pope's couplet on Sappho (ll. 83-4)-

From furious Sappho scarce a milder fate,
P--x'd by her love, or libell'd by her hate.

-was aimed at Lady Mary, with whom Pope had earlier been on intimate terms (see No. 31). By 1728 relations between them were at an end, and Pope (mistakenly) considered that she had a hand in one or two attacks upon him. When Lady Mary persuaded the Earl of Peterborough to ask Pope if she was indeed intended by Sappho, Pope's reply was to claim that the couplet was general satire, and referred with greater aptness to women writers like Mrs Centlivre, Mrs Haywood, Mrs Manley or Aphra Behn. Undeterred, Lady Mary wrote the Verses, with the help of Lord Hervey, and promptly published them. The cuts at Pope are bitter and angry, but they are also shrewd. The poem is perhaps the best written of the many vicious attacks upon Pope's personality and physique. It was published 9 March 1733. There was a reissue, a piracy, and at least two further editions in 1733.

IN two large Columns, on thy motly Page,
Where Roman Wit is striped with English Rage;

-269-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • General Editor's Preface v
  • Acknowledgments vi
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations xiv
  • Preface xv
  • I - Introduction 1
  • Note on the Text 39
  • Part I - Contemporary Criticism 41
  • General Reactions 43
  • Pastorals 59
  • An Essay on Criticism 71
  • Messiah, a Sacred Eclogue 87
  • Windsor Forest 89
  • The Rape of the Lock 93
  • Iliad 114
  • A Roman Catholick Version of the First Psalm 139
  • Eloisa to Abelard 140
  • Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady 143
  • Epitaph on John Hewet and Sarah Drew in the Churchyard at Stanton Harcourt 144
  • General Reactions 147
  • Odyssey 164
  • The Dunciad 208
  • The Dunciad Variorum 219
  • General Reactions 236
  • 'Ethick Epistles' (An Abandoned Project) 263
  • Moral Essays Iv: Epistle to Burlington, of Taste 265
  • Moral Essays Iii: to Allen Lord Bathurst, of the Use of Riches 268
  • Imitations of Horace, Satire Ii. I 269
  • An Essay on Man 278
  • Epitaph on Mr. Gay in Westminster Abbey 317
  • Imitations of Horace: Serm. I. II (Sober Advice from Horace) 319
  • An Epistle from Mr. Pope to Dr. Arbuthnot 329
  • Epilogue to the Satires: Dialogue II 331
  • The New Dunciad: As It Was Found in the Year 1741 333
  • The Dunciad in Four Books 342
  • A Final Tribute 346
  • Part II - Later Criticism 351
  • Appendix A 529
  • Appendix B 532
  • Bibliography 537
  • Index 539
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