The panel reads Alexander Pope’s “Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot” and discusses its moral and ethical instruction alongside its waspish skewering of eighteenth-century “dunces”, including Colley Cibber, Lord Hervey, and Lady Mary Wortley Montague.
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CR Episode 119: Pope and Wordsworth in Conversation
The panel reads two Pope’s ‘An Essay on Man’ and Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ in conversation with one another–looking at the similarities of their conclusions and the difference in their approaches–as they address the roles of Man, Nature, and God.
CR Episode 70: Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard
In a return to the works of Alexander Pope, the panel reads his “Eloisa to Abelard” in full and discusses the complexity of Eloisa’s tragic circumstances: her love for Abelard, her vocation as a nun, and the suffering to which they have been subjected.
CR Episode 54: Pope’s Translation of The Iliad
The panel reads Book I of Alexander Pope’s translation of The Iliad, discusses Pope’s approach contextually, compares that approach to the modern translations of Fitzgerald and Fagles (amongst others), and considers theoretical commentary on translations.