and that his talent can be displayed in a kind of poetry he had previously
left untried. The appearance of Eloisa to Abelard in the same volume with Sapho to Phaon, like his earlier coupling of the Pastorals and Messiah, invites
the reader to measure Pope against his Classical model. Eloisa to Abelard
treats anew the "best of passions, Love and Fame" (419; 40), apparently in
conflict in a poem whose very existence preserves them both, and in so
doing fulfills Eloisa's prophecy of "some future Bard":
Such if there be, who loves so long, so well;
Let him our sad, our tender story tell;
The well-sung woes shall sooth my pensive ghost;
He best can paint 'em, who shall feel 'em most.
The poetic monument Pope constructs to "graft [Eloisa's] love immortal on
[ Abelard's] fame" (434; 344) becomes the last piece of his Works of 1717,
his own Temple of Fame, "a work outlasting monumental brass."
Reprinted in 1935 as Pope's Own Miscellany, ed.
Norman Ault ( London: The Nonesuch Press).
For the various folio and quarto versions of the Works, see Reginald Harvey Griffith
, Alexander Pope: A Bibliography ( Austin: University of Texas Press, 1922), 1: 65-70, items 79-86. The quarto I cite throughout is item 79, Huntington shelf
Lives of the English Poets By Samuel Johnson, ed.
George Birkbeck Hill ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1905), 3:200.
The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, ed.
George Sherburn ( Oxford: Clarendon
Press, 1956), 1:396. Hereafter cited parenthetically in the text.
Maynard Mack, "Pope's 1717 Preface with a Transcription of the Manuscript Text,"
in Collected in Himself: Essays Critical, Biographical, and Bibliographical on Pope and Some
of His Contemporaries ( Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1982), p. 166; Dustin Griffin
, Alexander Pope: The Poet in the Poems ( Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978), p. 92.
Mack, "Pope's 1717 Preface," p. 161; Griffin, Alexander Pope, p. 92.
Poems on Several Occasions may have been intended as an indirect advertisement
for the Works: many of the poems in the miscellany praise Pope and his poems.
David Foxon, Pope and the Early Eighteenth-Century Book Trade (forthcoming),
p. 78 of typescript on deposit at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
Foxon, Pope, p. 89. Pope and Gribelin had collaborated in 1716 in the second
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Book title: Poems in Their Place:The Intertextuality and Order of Poetic Collections.
Contributors: Neil Fraistat - Editor.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1986.
Page number: 231.
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