Alexander Pope: The Critical Heritage

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IMITATIONS OF HORACE: SERM. I. ii (SOBER ADVICE FROM HORACE)

28 December 1734


87.

Thomas Bentley satirizes Pope

1735

Thomas Bentley, extracts from A Letter to Mr. Pope, Occasion'd by Sober Advice from Horace, &c. (1735), pp. 3-5, 9-18. Published 1-4 March 1735.

Thomas (1693?-1742) was the nephew of Richard Bentley, and a classical scholar like his uncle. The immediate cause for the pamphlet lay in Pope's far from sober and often gross parodies of Richard Bentley's annotations. His nephew's reply considers An Essay on Man, the 'Ethic Epistles', and the Imitations of Horace, as well as Sober Advice. Further on Thomas Bentley, see Twickenham, v. 305-6, 492. Pope's original enmity towards Richard Bentley is traditionally ascribed to a remark, made in his hearing, that the Iliad translation 'is not Homer, it is Spondanus' (Joseph Warton, An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope, ii [1782], 296). However, Bentley had taken the side of the Ancients in the Phalaris controversy, and this together with his unwieldy erudition, made him, in Pope's eyes, a major example of 'False Learning'.

SIR,

I HAVE not met with any body yet, that disputed in the least your being the Author of Sober Advice from HORACE, as delivered in his second Sermon; nor any body that did not wonder you would publish such a piece. You deny it; and, they say, that's all the Satisfaction one ought to expect. But see now what you have done: You have given us

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Table of contents

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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