My indebtedness to recent critics of Pope, especially to Geoffrey Tillotson, F. R. Leavis, and George Sherburn, will be evident on many pages of this study. Although I have made extensive use of the notes and introductions in the Twickenham edition, I have limited references in the notes to points where the argument turned on some particular piece of interpretation or information.
The principal texts used throughout the book are:
(Abbreviations used in the footnotes are set in parentheses.)
The Twickenham Edition of the Poems of Alexander Pope, General Editor, John Butt, vols. ii-vi ( London, 1939-54). (TE)
The Best of Pope, ed. George Sherburn ( New York, 1940). (The text of all poems not yet published in the Twickenham Edition is taken from this volume.)
The Works of Alexander Pope, ed. W. Elwin and W. J. Courthope, 10 vols. ( London, 1871-89). (EC)
The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, ed. George Sherburn, 5 vols. ( Oxford, 1956). (Let.)
The Poetical Works of John Dryden, ed. G. R. Noyes ( 2nd ed. Boston, 1950).
Quotations from: The Iliad of Homer, translated by Richmond Lattimore ( Chicago, 1951), reprinted with permission of the University of Chicago Press; Wallace Stevens, "Botanist on Alp (No. 1)", The Collected Poems ( New York, 1955), reprinted with permission of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; and Robert Frost, "Provide, Provide", from A Further Range, Copyright, 1936, by Robert Frost, by permission of Henry Holt and Company, Inc.