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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Forgoing narrative is one challenge Pope sets himself; another is the ambition of
the Essay on Man to synthesize the great diversity of thinking in the allied
disciplines with something to say about where humans find themselves in the
years following his Dunciad (1728–29). The Essay was imitated and echoed
immediately by other poets, in essays on the universe, on the soul of man, on
reason, and many other topics. The poem's reputation was assailed on the
The aspects are not perfectly distinct.4 Claudian does not say that he ceases to
see regularity in the ordering of the physical universe; but he thinks that regularity
might have emerged by chance rather than direction. He does not doubt ...
54, 80, recognizes that there is a philosophical tension in the poem between
limited human reason and the complete reason of a rational universe, and that
there is a tension in humans themselves, occupying a middle position in the great
... human position in the scale of created life, in the first epistle of the poem, and
his depiction (in the fourth epistle) of a blissful socially integrated universe in
which recognized interdependence with others outside ourselves is parsed as
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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