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Alexander Pope and His Complete Works

Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was an English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period and one of its greatest artistic exponents.[1] Considered the foremost English poet of the early 18th century and a master of the heroic couplet, he is best known for satirical and discursive poetry, including The Rape of the LockThe Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism, and for his translation of Homer. After Shakespeare, he is the second-most quoted author in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations,[2] some of his verses having entered common parlance (e.g. “damning with faint praise” or “to err is human; to forgive, divine“).

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TABLE OF CONTENTS for Complete Works

Biographical Sketch

Early Poems

Ode On Solitude

A Paraphrase (on Thomas   Kempis, L. III. C. 2)

To the Author of a Poem Entitled Successio [ ]

The First Book of Statius’s Thebais Translated In the Year 1703

Imitations of English Poets


Spenser [ ] the Alley

Waller On a Lady Singing to Her Lute

Cowley the Garden


Earl of Rochester On Silence

Earl of Dorset Artemisia

Dr. Swift the Happy Life of a Country Parson


Discourse On Pastoral Poetry

I: Spring; Or, Damon [ ] to Sir William Trumbull

II: Summer; Or, Alexis to Dr. Garth

III: Autumn; Or, Hylas and  gon [ ] to Mr. Wycherley

IV: Winter; Or, Daphne [ ] to the Memory of Mrs. Tempest

Windsor Forest [ ] to the Right Hon. George Lord Lansdown

Paraphrases From Chaucer

January and May: Or, the Merchant’s Tale

The Wife of Bath Her Prologue

The Temple of Fame [ ]

Translations From Ovid

Sappho to Phaon From the Fifteenth of Ovid’s Epistles

The Fable of Dryope [ ] From the Ninth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Vertumnus and Pomona From the Fourteenth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

An Essay On Criticism [ ]

Part I

Part Ii

Part Iii

Poems Written Between 1708 and 1712

Ode For Music On St. Cecilia’s Day


The Balance of Europe

The Translator

On Mrs. Tofts, a Famous Opera-singer

Epistle to Mrs. Blount, With the Works of Voiture.

The Dying Christian to His Soul

Epistle to Mr. Jervas [ ] With Dryden’s Translation of Fresnoy’s Art of Painting

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Impromptu to Lady Winchilsea Occasioned By Four Satirical Verses On

Women Wits, In the Rape of the Lock

Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady


The Rape of the Lock an Heroi-comical Poem [ ]

Canto I

Canto Ii

Canto Iii

Canto Iv

Canto V

Poems Written Between 1713 and 1717

Prologue to Mr. Addison’s Cato

Epilogue to Mr. Rowe’s Jane Shore Designed For Mrs. Oldfield

To a Lady, With the Temple of Fame

Upon the Duke of Marlborough’s House At Woodstock

Lines to Lord Bathurst

Macer [ ] a Character

Epistle to Mrs. Teresa Blount On Her Leaving the Town After the Coronation

Lines Occasioned By Some Verses of His Grace the Duke of Buckingham

A Farewell to London [ ] In the Year 1715

Imitation of Martial

Imitation of Tibullus

The Basset-table [ ] an Eclogue

Epigram On the Toasts of the Kit-cat Club [ ] Anno 1716

The Challenge a Court Ballad

The Looking-glass On Mrs. Pulteney

Prologue, Designed For Mr. D’urfey’s Last Play

Prologue to the ‘three Hours After Marriage’

Prayer of Brutus From Geoffrey of Monmouth

To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Extemporaneous Lines On a Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Painted

By Kneller

Eloisa to Abelard [ ]

Poems Written Between 1718 and 1727

An Inscription Upon a Punch-bowl In the South Sea Year, For a Club: Chased

With Jupiter Placing Callisto In the Skies, and Europa With the Bull

Epistle to James Craggs, Esq. Secretary of State

A Dialogue

Verses to Mr. C. St. James’s Palace, London, Oct. 22

To Mr. Gay Who Had Congratulated Pope On Finishing His House and


On Drawings of the Statues of Apollo, Venus, and Hercules Made For Pope By

Sir Godfrey Kneller

Epistle to Robert Earl of Oxford and Mortimer Prefixed to Parnell’s Poems

Two Choruses to the Tragedy of Brutus

To Mrs. M. B. On Her Birthday

Answer to the Following Question of Mrs. Howe

On a Certain Lady At Court

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To Mr. John Moore Author of the Celebrated Worm-powder

The Curll Miscellanies Umbra

Poems Suggested By Gulliver

Later Poems

On Certain Ladies


Prologue to a Play For Mr. Dennis’s Benefit, In 1733, When He Was Old,

Blind, and In Great Distress, a Little Before His Death

Song, By a Person of Quality Written In the Year 1733

Verses Left By Mr. Pope On His Lying In the Same Bed Which Wilmot, the

Celebrated Earl of Rochester, Slept In At Adderbury, Then Belonging to the

Duke of Argyle, July 9th, 1739

On His Grotto At Twickenham Composed of Marbles, Spars, Gems, Ores, and


On Receiving From the Right Hon. the Lady Frances Shirley a Standish and

Two Pens

On Beaufort House Gate At Chiswick

To Mr. Thomas Southern On His Birthday, 1742


1740: A Poem [ ]

Poems of Uncertain Date

To Erinna

Lines Written In Windsor Forest

Verbatim From Boileau First Published By Warburton In 1751

Lines On Swift’s Ancestors

On Seeing the Ladies At Crux Easton Walk In the Woods By the Grotto

Extempore By Mr. Pope

Inscription On a Grotto, the Work of Nine Ladies

To the Right Hon. the Earl of Oxford Upon a Piece of News In Mist [mist’s

Journal] That the Rev. Mr. W. Refused to Write Against Mr. Pope Because

His Best Patron Had a Friendship For the Said Pope

Epigrams and Epitaphs

On a Picture of Queen Caroline Drawn By Lady Burlington

Epigram Engraved On the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal


Lines Written In Evelyn’s Book On Coins

From the Grub-street Journal

I: Epigram

II: Epigram

III: Mr. J. M. S[myth]e Catechised On His One Epistle to Mr. Pope

IV: Epigram On Mr. M[oo]re’s Going to Law With Mr. Giliver: Inscribed to

Attorney Tibbald

V: Epigram

VI: Epitaph On James Moore-smythe

VII: A Question By Anonymous

VIII: Epigram

IX: Epigram


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On Charles Earl of Dorset In the Church of Withyam, Sussex

On Sir William Trumbull One of the Principal Secretaries of State to King

William Iii

On the Hon. Simon Harcourt Only Son of the Lord Chancellor Harcourt

On James Craggs, Esq. In Westminster Abbey

On Mr. Rowe In Westminster Abbey

On Mrs. Corbet Who Died of a Cancer In Her Breast

On the Monument of the Hon. R. Digby and of His Sister Mary Erected By

Their Father, Lord Digby, In the Church of Sherborne, In Dorsetshire, 1727.

On Sir Godfrey Kneller In Westminster Abbey, 1723

On General Henry Withers In Westminster Abbey, 1729

On Mr. Elijah Fenton At Easthamstead, Berks, 1729

On Mr. Gay In Westminster Abbey, 1730

Intended For Sir Isaac Newton In Westminster Abbey

On Dr. Francis Atterbury Bishop of Rochester, Who Died In Exile At Paris,


On Edmund Duke of Buckingham Who Died In the Nineteenth Year of His

Age, 1735

For One Who Would Not Be Buried In Westminster Abbey

Another On the Same

On Two Lovers Struck Dead By Lightning


An Essay On Man [ ]

In Four Epistles to Lord Bolingbroke

The Design

Epistle I of the Nature and State of Man, With Respect to the Universe

Epistle Ii of the Nature and State of Man With Respect to Himself As an


Epistle Iii of the Nature and State of Man With Respect to Society

Epistle Iv of the Nature and State of Man, With Respect to Happiness

Moral Essays


Epistle I [ ] to Sir Richard Temple, Lord Cobham

Epistle Ii [ ] to a Lady of the Characters of Women

Epistle Iii [ ] to Allen, Lord Bathurst

Epistle IV: To Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington of the Use of Riches

Epistle V: To Mr. Addison Occasioned By His Dialogues On Medals

Universal Prayer Deo Opt. Max.


Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot [ ] Being the Prologue to the Satires

Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace Imitated [ ]


The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace

The Second Satire of the Second Book of Horace [ ]

The First Epistle of the First Book of Horace [ ]

The Sixth Epistle of the First Book of Horace [ ]

The First Epistle of the Second Book of Horace [ ]

The Second Epistle of the Second Book of Horace [ ]

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Satires of Dr. John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s, Versified [ ]

Epilogue to the Satires [ ] In Two Dialogues. Written In 1738

The Sixth Satire of the Second Book of Horace [ ]

The Seventh Epistle of the First Book of Horace [ ]

The First Ode of the Fourth Book of Horace [ ]

The Ninth Ode of the Fourth Book of Horace

The Dunciad In Four Books

Martinus Scriblerus of the Poem

Preface Prefixed to the Five First Imperfect Editions of the Dunciad, In Three

Books, Printed At Dublin and London, In Octavo and Duodecimo, 1727.

The Publisher to the Reader

A Letter to the Publisher Occasioned By the First Correct Edition of the


Advertisement to the First Edition With Notes, Quarto, 1729

Advertisement to the First Edition of the Fourth Book of the Dunciad, When

Printed Separately In the Year 1742

Advertisement to the Complete Edition of 1743

The Dunciad [ ] to Dr. Jonathan Swift

Book I

Book Ii [ ]

Book Iii [ ]

Book Iv [ ]

Translations From Homer the Iliad

Pope’s Preface

Book I: The Contention of Achilles and Agamemnon

Book II: The Trial of the Army and Catalogue of the Forces

Book III: The Duel of Menelaus and Paris

Book IV: The Breach of the Truce, and the First Battle

Book V: The Acts of Diomed

Book VI: The Episodes of Glaucus and Diomed, and of Hector and


Book VII: The Single Combat of Hector and Ajax

Book VIII: The Second Battle, and the Distress of the Greeks

Book IX: The Embassy to Achilles

Book X: The Night Adventure of Diomede and Ulysses

Book XI: The Third Battle, and the Acts of Agamemnon

Book XII: The Battle At the Grecian Wall

Book XIII: The Fourth Battle Continued, In Which Neptune Assists the Greeks.

the Acts of Idomeneus

Book XIV: Juno Deceives Jupiter By the Girdle of Venus

Book XV: The Fifth Battle, At the Ships; and the Acts of Ajax

Book XVI: The Sixth Battle: the Acts and Death of Patroclus

Book XVII: The Seventh Battle, For the Body of Patroclus.—the Acts of


Book XVIII: The Grief of Achilles, and New Armour Made Him By Vulcan

Book XIX: The Reconciliation of Achilles and Agamemnon

Book XX: The Battle of the Gods, and the Acts of Achilles

Book XXI: The Battle In the River Scamander

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Book XXII: The Death of Hector

Book XXIII: Funeral Games In Honour of Patroclus

Book XXIV: The Redemption of the Body of Hector

Pope’s Concluding Note.

The Odyssey

Book III: The Interview of Telemachus and Nestor

Book V: The Departure of Ulysses From Calypso

Book VII: The Court of Alcino s

Book IX: The Adventures of the Cicons, Lotophagi, and Cyclops

Book X: Adventures With  olus, the L strygons, and Circe

Book XIII: The Arrival of Ulysses In Ithaca

Book XIV: The Conversation With Eum us

Book XV: The Return of Telemachus

Book XVII: Book XXI: The Bending of Ulysses’ Bow

Book XXII: The Death of the Suitors

Book XXIV: Postscript By Pope


A. a Glossary of Names of Pope’s Contemporaries Mentioned In the Poems.

Bibliographical Note


Pope’s villa was the residence of Alexander Pope at Twickenham, then a village west of London in Middlesex. He moved there in 1719 and created gardens and an underground grotto. The house and grotto were topics of 18th- and 19th-century poetry and art. In about 1845, a neo-Tudor house known as Pope’s Villa was built on approximately the same site; it has been used as a school since the early 20th century. Pope’s Grotto, which is listed Grade II* by Historic England, survives and is occasionally open to the public.

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