The Dunciad
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The Dunciad variorum. With the Prolegomena of Scriblerus. by Alexander Pope

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Published by Printed for A. Dod in London .
Written in English


  • Pope, Alexander, -- 1688-1744 -- Bibliography

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Edition Notes

SeriesLibrary of English literature -- LEL 11700.
The Physical Object
Pagination[2], [1]-16, [2], [1]-6, 9-29, [3], [1]-118, cxix-cxxiv [i.e. 174] p.
Number of Pages174
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13562533M

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The Dunciad is also unusual within Pope's oeuvre partly because of the degree to which his subject matter is personal. Though the last book (which did not exist in earlier versions) gives a.   Summary. Book IV, the longest of the four, diverges from the present narrative to which we have been introduced in Books I-III of The it acts as an extension of these early books, Book IV jumps to a future in which the prophecies .   Alexander Pope's The Dunciad is a mock-heroic, mimicking the style of epics like the Iliad and Odyssey to satirize Pope's contemporary literary and artistic world in England. This is a world that Pope feels is being taken over by unoriginal, boring, and unimportant work meant for the masses by writers, poets, and critics. The Dunciad: Book II: Argument. The King being proclaimed, the solemnity is graced with public games and sports of various kinds; not instituted by the Hero, as by Æneas in Virgil, but for greater honour by the Goddess in person (in like manner as the games Pythia, Isthmia, &c. were anciently said to be ordained by the Gods, and as Thetis.

In the fourth book of The Dunciad, stupidity finally wins out. In the last lines, Cibber lets out a colossal yawn and condemns the Universe to an eternity of darkness and ignorance. The Dunciad, poem by Alexander Pope, first published anonymously in three books in ; by , when it appeared in its final form, it had grown to four n largely in iambic pentameter, the poem is a masterpiece of mock-heroic verse.. After Pope had edited the works of William Shakespeare to adapt them to 18th-century tastes, the scholar Lewis Theobald attacked him in Shakespeare. The Dunciad: Book I. poem by Alexander Mighty Mother and her son who brings The Smithfield muses to the ear of kings I sing. Say you her instruments the great. PageRatings:   In the s, near the end of his life, Pope went back to The Dunciad, changing the "hero" from Tibbald to a new foe, the poet laureate Colly Cibber, and adding a .

The Dunciad in Four Books of was the culmination of the series of Dunciads which Alexander Pope produced over the last decade and a half of his life. It comprises not only a poem, but also a mass of authorial annotation and appendices, and this authoritative edition is the only one available which gives all the verse and the prose in a clearly laid-out form, with a full modern by: Alexander Pope was one of the premier poets of the English language. He dominated English poetry from to The Dunciad is an epic poem that satirizes dullness Format: Paperback. The Dunciad book. Read 15 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This would be the complete version/5. Pope first published his mock-epic Dunciad in three "books" in In the following year, he released a new version, the Dunciad Variorum, including long mock-scholarly prefaces by "Martinus Scriblerus" and endless pedantic notes falsely attributed to his enemies.(Pope pretends the poem is an ancient epic that needs a modern scholarly commentary.).