[tags: Pope An Essay on Man] - Alexander Pope's philosophical poem An Essay on Man, published in 1732-134, may even more precisely be classified, to use a German phrase, as Weltanschauungliche Dichtung (worldviewish poetry).
That it is appropriate to understand An Essay on Man as world view in verse, as a work which depicts humanity's relationship to and understanding of a perplexing and amazing world, is indicated in the statement of the poem's "Design" in which the author avows that his goal was to examine "Man in the abstract, his Nature and his State." Indeed, Pope sought to fulfill his agenda by describing in each of the work's four "epistles" the nature and state of man with respect (1) to the universe, (2) to...
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line: In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true From pois'nous herbs extracts the healing dew: How Instinct varies in the grov'ling swine, Compar'd, half-reas'ning elephant, with thine: 'Twixt that, and Reason, what a nice barrier; For ever sep'rate, yet for ever near! What if the foot, ordain'd the dust to tread, Or hand to toil, aspir'd to be the head?
Remembrance and Reflection how ally'd; What thin partitions Sense from Thought divide: and Middle natures, how they long to join, Yet never pass th' insuperable line! Vast chain of being, which from God began, Natures æthereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect! from Infinite to thee, From thee to Nothing—On superior pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might on ours: Or in the full creation leave a void, Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroy'd: From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike. What if the head, the eye, or ear repin'd To serve mere engines to the ruling Mind?
Pope sets out to demonstrate that no matter how imperfect complex and disturbingly full evil the universe may appear to be, it does function in a rational fashion, according to natural laws and is in fact considered as a whole perf...
[tags: Alexander Pope's Essay on Man] - Analysis of Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man There are three main issues that Pope talks about in his long poem "An Essay on Man." First, the poet evokes a timeless vision of humanity in which the universe is connected to a great chain that extends from God to the tiniest form of life.
[tags: Alexander Pope An Essay On Man] - Alexander Pope's Essay on Man - Man is Never Satisfied Alexander Pope's Essay on Man is a philosophical poem, written, characteristically in heroic couplet.
It is an attempt to justify and vindicate the ways of God to man.
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