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Alexander Pope

Date de naissance: 21. mai 1688
Date de décès: 30. mai 1744

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Alexander Pope est un poète anglais.

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Citations Alexander Pope

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„I think a good deal may be said to extenuate the fault of bad Poets.“

— Alexander Pope
Context: I think a good deal may be said to extenuate the fault of bad Poets. What we call a Genius, is hard to be distinguish'd by a man himself, from a strong inclination: and if his genius be ever so great, he can not at first discover it any other way, than by giving way to that prevalent propensity which renders him the more liable to be mistaken. Preface.

„Thou Great First Cause, least understood“

— Alexander Pope
Context: Thou Great First Cause, least understood Who all my sense confined To know but this, that Thou art good And that myself am blind. Stanza 2.

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„Heav'n, as its purest gold, by tortures try'd;
The saint sustain'd it, but the woman died.“

— Alexander Pope
Context: So unaffected, so compos'd a mind; So firm, yet soft; so strong, yet so retin'd; Heav'n, as its purest gold, by tortures try'd; The saint sustain'd it, but the woman died. "Epitaph on Mrs. Corbet" (1730).

„Vital spark of heav'nly flame!
Quit, oh quit, this mortal frame“

— Alexander Pope
Context: Vital spark of heav'nly flame! Quit, oh quit, this mortal frame: Trembling, hoping, ling'ring, flying, Oh the pain, the bliss of dying! Stanza 1.

„At every word a reputation dies.“

— Alexander Pope
Context: At every word a reputation dies. Canto III, line 16.

„So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow
For others' good, or melt at others' woe.“

— Alexander Pope
Context: Lo these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd, And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield. Thus unlamented pass the proud away, The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day! So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow For others' good, or melt at others' woe. Line 45. Compare Pope's The Odyssey of Homer, Book XVIII, line 269.

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„I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts.“

— Alexander Pope
Context: I would not be like those Authors, who forgive themselves some particular lines for the sake of a whole Poem, and vice versa a whole Poem for the sake of some particular lines. I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts. Preface.

„Lo these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd,
And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield.“

— Alexander Pope
Context: Lo these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd, And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield. Thus unlamented pass the proud away, The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day! So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow For others' good, or melt at others' woe. Line 45. Compare Pope's The Odyssey of Homer, Book XVIII, line 269.

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