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The Common SpringEssays on Latin and English Poetry$
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Niall Rudd

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675488

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675488.001.0001

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Variation and Inversion in Pope's Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot

Variation and Inversion in Pope's Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot

[From Essays in Criticism 34 (1984) 216–28.]

(p.161) 13 Variation and Inversion in Pope's Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot
The Common Spring

Niall Rudd

Liverpool University Press

Developing further the exploration of what satire actually is, this chapter focuses on Pope's Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot, setting it in the context of its classical models (Horace, Persius), including the use of an introductory theme, distinct from but related to the main topic of the satire; the power of poetry, awareness of one's social origins and status; suspicion of those who think highly of themselves. Pope is seen to be indebted to Horace, but also to Persius and finally most like Lucilius.

Keywords:   Pope, Horace, Persius, Lucilius, Themes in satire

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