To Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke. The acknowledged master of the heroic couplet and one of the primary tastemakers of the Augustan age, British writer Alexander Pope was a central figure in the Neoclassical movement of the early 18th century. He is known for having perfected the rhymed couplet form of
An Essay on Man: Epistle II
An Essay on Man - Wikipedia
God rules over the whole universe and has no special favorites, not man nor any other creature. Any deviation from this order would result in cosmic destruction. Because the universe is so highly ordered, chance, as man understands it, does not exist. Introduction : The introduction begins with an address to Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke, a friend of the poet from whose fragmentary philosophical writings Pope likely drew inspiration for An Essay on Man. Section II : Section II states that man is imperfect but perfectly suited to his place within the hierarchy of creation according to the general order of things.
Pope's Poems and Prose Summary and Analysis of An Essay on Man: Epistle I
An Essay on Man is a poem published by Alexander Pope in It is concerned with the natural order God has decreed for man. More than any other work, it popularized optimistic philosophy throughout England and the rest of Europe. On its publication, An Essay on Man met with great admiration throughout Europe.
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