Alexander Pope: The Critical Heritage

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WINDSOR FOREST

7 March 1713


16.

Dennis's opinion

1714

John Dennis, a letter to Barton Booth, dated 18 December 1714, which Dennis did not print until he attacked Pope in Remarks upon Mr. Pope's…Homer (1717), Critical Works, ii. 135-7.

SIR,

You are in the right of it: Windsor Forest is a wretched Rhapsody, not worthy the Observation of a Man of Sense. I shall only take Occasion from it to display the Beauties of Cooper's-Hill, in Emulation of which it was impudently writ. The Cooper's-Hill of Sir JOHN DENHAM is a Poem upon the Prospect which that Hill affords us. Cooper's-Hill, is a Hill in Windsor-Forest, about a Mile from Egham in Surrey, about Half a Mile from the Thames, and Three Miles from Windsor.

The Conduct of Sir JOHN DENHAM in his Cooper' s-Hill, is as admirable, as that of the Author of Windsor Forest, is despicable. Sir JOHN DENHAM presents no Object to his Reader, but what is truly in the Compass of his Subject. Whereas Half the Poem of Windsor Forest has nothing in it, that is peculiar to Windsor Forest. The Objects that are presented to the Reader in this latter Poem, are for the most part trivial and trifling, as Hunting, Fishing, Setting, Shooting, and a thousand common Landskips. Whereas of a thousand Objects that Cooper's-Hill presents to the View, Sir JOHN DENHAM chuses only the most Instructive, the most Noble, and the most Magnificent; and which, at the same time, are the most Noble, and most Magnificent, which Great Britain can show: As St. Paul's, London, Windsor, Thames, the Side of Cooper's-Hill that is next to the Thames, and Runny-Mead between them, ennobled by the Grant of the Great Charter there to the People of England.

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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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