is nature to advantage dress'd, 300 What oft' was thought, but ne'er so well express'd; 301 Something, whose truth convinc'd at sight we find, 302 That gives us back the image of our mind. 683 Thus long succeeding Critics justly reign'd, 684 Licence repress'd, and useful laws ordain'd. 416 Of all this servile herd, the worst is he 417 That in proud dulness joins with Quality, 418 A constant Critic at the great man's board, 419 To fetch and carry nonsense for my Lord. That 'tis as great a fault to judge ill, as to write-ill, and a more dangerous one to the public. But we, brave Britons, foreign laws despis'd, And kept unconquer'd, and uncivilis'd, Fierce for the liberties of wit, and bold, We still defied the Romans, as of old. An Essay on Criticism seeks to introduce and demonstrate the ideals of poetry and teach critics how to avoid doing harm to poetry. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your visiting. 454 Some valuing those of their own side or mind, 455 Still make themselves the measure of mankind: 456 Fondly we think we honour merit then, 457 When we but praise our selves in other men.
Analysis of the Poem 'An Essay on Criticism' is written in heroic couplets, which consist of two rhyming lines that are written in iambic pentameter. 152 Great Wits sometimes may gloriously offend, 153 And rise to faults true Critics dare not mend, 154 From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part, 155 And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art, 156 Which without passing thro' the judgment, gains 157 The. 'Twere well might critics still this freedom take, But Appius reddens at each word you speak, And stares, Tremendous! Pope, Alexander: The Works (1736 vOL. 54 As on the land while here the Ocean gains, 55 In other parts it leaves wide sandy plains; 56 Thus in the soul while memory prevails, 57 The solid pow'r of understanding fails; 58 Where beams of warm imagination play, 59 The memory's soft. Character of an incorrigible Poet.-And of an impertinent Critic. 130 When first young Maro sung of Kings and wars, 131 E'er warning Phoebus touch'd his trembling ears, 132 Perhaps he seem'd above the Critic's law, 133 And but from Nature's fountains scorn'd to draw: 134 But when t'examine ev'ry part he came, 135 Nature. Let such teach others who themselves excel, And censure freely who have written well. (by Pope, Alexander tHE contents OF THE.