Alexander Pope: The Critical Heritage

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GENERAL REACTIONS

1705-20


1.

Wycherley welcomes the young poet

April 1705

William Wycherley, extract from letter to Pope, 7 April 1705, Corresp., i. 6-7.

Wycherley (1640?-1716), the aging poet and dramatist, quickly befriended the young poet. In return Pope helped Wycherley correct his poems, which later led to an estrangement between the two men. On their relationship, see Spence, Anecdotes, i. 32-41. Wycherley saw the manuscript version of the Pastorals, not published till 1709.

As to my enquiry after your Intrigues with the Muses, you may allow me to make it, since no old Man can give so young, so great, so able a Favourite of theirs, Jealousy. I am, in my Enquiry, like old Sir Bernard Gascoign,1 who us'd to say, That when he was grown too old to have his Visits admitted alone by the Ladies, he always took along with him a young Man, to ensure his Welcome to them; who, had he come alone had been rejected, only because his Visits were not scandalous to them. So I am (like an old Rook, who is ruin'd by Gaming) forc'd to live on the good Fortune of the pushing young Man, whose Fancies are so vigorous, that they ensure their Success in their Adventures with the Muses, by the Strength of their Imagination.

1 [An Italian who served Charles I, and was favoured in Charles II's court]

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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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