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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Books of M. Manilius, Containing a System of the Ancient Astronomy and
Astrology Together with the Philosophy of the Stoicks, trans. by Thomas Creech (
... Man (London, 1742) William Wollaston, e Religion of Nature Delineated (
London, 1724) e Posthumous Works of William Wycherley Esq; In Prose and
Verse (London, 1728) In four verse epistles of modest length published
four verse epistles of modest length published anonymously between February
1733 and January 1734, Alexander Pope revealed yet another aspect of his vast
poetic ambition. Having already published a substantial collected poems in 1717,
In the final years of Pope's life, and after his death in 1744, translations of the
poem in prose and verse, and sometimes its English original, were being read by
philosophical luminaries around Europe. Voltaire called it the most beautiful ...
... Boethius alternates prose and verse. In this section I suggest not only that we
may take both Pope's philosophy and his poetry seriously, but that his poem
instantiates a poetic philosophy, one in which necessity emerges from
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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