Reading Pope's Imitations of Horace
Bucknell University Press, 1989 - 168 pages
This study reclaims Pope's meaning in each successive imitation by focusing on the differences between Horace's Latin poems and Pope's English versions. It considers not only Pope's expression of concerns about his own world but also the contemporary reputation of the Roman Augustan Age and of Augustus and Horace.
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Beginning The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace Imitated
Extremes Ofellus and the Rake
Sober Advice from Horace
Refuge in a Toppling World
The Second Epistle of the Second Book of Horace Imitated
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Page 15 - Horace seem to have been written as relaxations of his genius. This employment became his favourite by its facility ; the plan was ready to his hand, and nothing was required but to accommodate as he could the sentiments of an old author to recent facts or familiar images; but what is easy is seldom excellent; such imitations cannot give pleasure to common readers. The man of learning may be sometimes surprised and delighted by an unexpected parallel ; but the comparison requires knowledge of the...