Pope wrote an essay on criticism when he was 23 he was influenced by quintillian aristotle horaces ars poetica and nicolas boileaus lart poetique written in heroic couplets the tone is straight forward and conversational. An essay on criticism is one of the first major poems written by the english writer alexander pope 1688 1744 it is the source of the famous quotations to err is human to forgive divine a little learning is a dangrous thing frequently misquoted as a little knowledge is a dangrous thing and fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Alexander popes an essay on criticism is a long poem thats also a work of literary criticism its does not contain a narrative or story and so there arent characters as one would usually. Alexander pope and the enlightenment a little learning is a dangrous thing alexander pope famously writes in his poem an essay on criticismthe poem is one of the most quoted in the english . 61 quotes from an essay on criticism to err is human to forgive divine alexander pope an essay on criticism 10 likes like then most our trouble still when most admired and still the more we give the more required whose fame with pains we guard but lose with ease
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