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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Epistles I, II, III, and 10 lines of Epistle IV. MS Copy in the hand of Jonathan
Richardson, the younger, unsigned and undated); the Morgan Library & Museum
for permission to cite their manuscript of the poem, MA,348; the Houghton Library
It is an attempt to show what poetry, distinct from all other literary modes, can do
to make such thinking real, live, and palpable for its audience; how it can make
us feel, across its lines, and across its more elaborate argumentative units, the ...
1614.,” lines 47–50. 12 Rosalie Colie, “John Locke and the Publication of the
Private,” Philological Quarterly 45 (1966): 22–45 (pp. 32–33), argues that Locke
took human understanding to be a process conducted in the course of a life, and
14 The lines to which Warburton refers turn not only their imagery to this end, but
other resources of the rhyming couplet: On their own Axis as the Planets run, Yet
make at once their circle round the Sun: So two consistent motions act the Soul; ...
16 In addition to the temporal unfolding of argument that one might call prosody
in an extended sense, the more restricted sense of prosody will muster stress
around lines of verse, and indeed verse paragraphs and epistles, in such a way
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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