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An Essay on Criticism: Poetic Principles and Practices

7 pages | 1730 words

Pope's An Essay on Criticism is a work that discusses several topics related to taste, nature, classical authors, etc., but with a main focus on poetic genius and imagination. Pope believes that a poet should have knowledge of nature and be able to observe it carefully in order to create something new and beautiful from the chaos of nature. Additionally, he states that a poet should follow certain rules based on reason and nature, have a good command of language, and possess imagination in order to produce interesting and appealing poems.