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Master of Arts

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Often a definitive explanation of a writer is to be found in the best works he has written, or in those works, in which at the very touch, in a greater or lesser degree, vividly portray the personality he verily is. But this study seeks to find the work in the man.

There is much belief that Alexander Pope did permit his personal feelings to dictate his literary criteria found in his works. Possibly, this called forth the fullness of the power of Alexander Pope as a literary genius of his age. But to be sure that Pope's literary criticisms were the result of his personal feelings, it will be well to study the life and literary relationships of Alexander Pope during his age. Through this study, one seeks a better understanding of Pope and his place in English literature, not only as a poet, but also as a critic and as a personality upon his literary criticisms in the selected works used in this study. A determination of the personal origins of his criticisms becomes therefore the focus of the present study.

To achieve this purpose, a thorough examination of Pope's life and work is necessary. The incidents and details used in this study are taken from the works of recognized critics, from Pope's correspondence, and from his poems.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Frankie B. Ledbetter


Prairie View A&M College


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View





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