Alexander Pope Died on This Date

Alexander Pope died on this date in 1744. Pope, a Roman Catholic in largely Protestant England, suffered an illness that left him a hunchback at age 12. He became the chief poet of his day, eventually becoming the first English writer to make his fortune entirely from his writing. Pope was famous for his use of the heroic couplet; he is also the third most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. His works include translations of Homer’s epics, his own Essay on Man, the Dunciad, and The Rape of the Lock. You can read his poetry here: /

Alexander Pope

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