Alexander Pope

(1688–1744)

Alexander Pope

Anecdote...

When Pope was on his deathbed, the doctor assured him that his breathing was easier, his pulse steader, and various other encouraging things. “Here am I,” commented Pope to a friend, “dying of a hundred good symptoms.”

Quote-worthy...

A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

~Alexander Pope
Biographical Note: 

Alexander Pope was an English poet, satirist, and translator. Crippled by tuberculosis of the bone at the age of twelve, he soon gave proof of his extraordinary talents in his Pastorals (1709), written when he was only sixteen. His Essay on Criticism (1711) ensured his entrée to the London literary world, which he dominated for nearly thirty years. He perfected the English heroic couplet as a satirical medium in The Rape of the Lock (1712). Pope also translated Homer’s Iliad (1720) and Odyssey (1725–26), and published the philosophical poems An Essay on Man (1733–34) and Moral Essays (1731–35).