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THE

POEMS

OF

Alexander Pope.

VOL. II.

Chiswick :

FROM THE PRESS OF C. WHITTINGHAM,

COLLEGE HOUSE.

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POEMS

OF

ALEXANDER POPE.

AN

ESSAY ON CRITICISM.

WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1709.

PART 1.

Introduction.—That it is as great a fault to judge ill as to

write ill, and a more dangerous one to the public.—That a true taste is as rare to be found as a true genius.—That most men are born with some taste, but spoiled by false education. The multitude of critics, and causes of them.

– That we are to study our own taste, and know the limits of it.--Nature the best guide of judgment.---- Improved by art and rales, which are but methodized Nature. Rules derived from the practice of the ancient poets.—That therefore the ancients are necessary to be studied by a critic, particularly Homer and Virgil. Of licences, and the use of them by the ancients.--Reverence due to the ancients, and praise of them.

Tis hard to say if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill;
But of the two, less dangerous is the offence
To tire our patience than mislead our sense;

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