An Essay on Man
Princeton University Press, 21. jun. 2016 - 248 sider
A definitive new edition of one of the greatest philosophical poems in the English language
Voltaire called it "the most sublime didactic poem ever written in any language." Rousseau rhapsodized about its intellectual consolations. Kant recited long passages of it from memory during his lectures. And Adam Smith and David Hume drew inspiration from it in their writings. This was Alexander Pope's Essay on Man (1733–34), a masterpiece of philosophical poetry, one of the most important and controversial works of the Enlightenment, and one of the most widely read, imitated, and discussed poems of eighteenth-century Europe and America. This volume, which presents the first major new edition of the poem in more than fifty years, introduces this essential work to a new generation of readers, recapturing the excitement and illuminating the debates it provoked from the moment of its publication.
Echoing Milton's purpose in Paradise Lost, Pope says his aim in An Essay on Man is to "vindicate the ways of God to man"—to explain the existence of evil and explore man's place in the universe. In a comprehensive introduction, Tom Jones describes the poem as an investigation of the fundamental question of how people should behave in a world they experience as chaotic, but which they suspect to be orderly from some higher point of view. The introduction provides a thorough discussion of the poem's attitudes, themes, composition, context, and reception, and reassesses the work's place in history. Extensive annotations to the text explain references and allusions.
The result is the most accessible, informative, and reader-friendly edition of the poem in decades and an invaluable book for students and scholars of eighteenth-century literature and thought.
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Inscriptions on the fastidious ruins of Rome, have all the force and beauty of one
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Pickles, communities minister in the coalition government 2010–15), and in the
context of debates on establishing a social science research council (because
Certainly a maker must consider his work as a whole, but none the less he
should see to the due ordering of all the parts, especially when these parts have
Soul, that is, are Living and Reasoning Beings: the Providence must reach to all
11 Pope's poem, though, is less concerned with the mutability of the world than
with the mutability of human judgments. Different views of the world succeed one
another in our imagination, and in our rational judgment (if these things are really
They may of course use some of the resources of language that are commonly
called poetic: pun, irony, metaphor, the more or less organized variation of
sounds and rhythms within recurring patterns of syntax or sentence structure.
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Pope's poem An Essay on Man—formulated to "vindicate the ways of God to man"—was one of the most widely disseminated and well-known publications of the 18th century, notably impacting Enlightenment ... Les hele vurderingen