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Alexander Pope Born in the city of London Alexander Pope is regarded to as the leading 18th century English poet and as the greatest of all English verse satirists His father and mother being Roman Catholics were prohibited from living within ten miles of London due to new acts of Parliament in the late 1600s Between 1696 and 1700 Pope was tutored at home by a priest and then enrolled in two Catholic schools but was mainly self-educated Due to his religion at the time it was impossible for him to follow a career and be permitted to enroll in a university Being able to read Latin Greek French and Italian at a very young age he was already writing verses and at the age of sixteen didnt know that his later writings would be published as his PastoralsThe New Enc Britannica Vol 9605 In 1700 the Pope family moved to Whithill house at Binfield in Winsor Forest up till then Pope was a healthy child until 5 years after their move he was diagnosed with tubercular bone disease Throughout his life he would refer to it as long Disease my lifehttplandlow stgbrowneduc32popebiohtml The disease left him frail likely to obtain various other illnesses humpbacked and fully-grown at a height of only four and a half feet In his early twenties he frequently visited London and became acquainted with the literary publishers there including Wychereley and Walsh Colliers Encyclopedia 397 In 1709 the Pastorals Popes first published work appeared in Tonsongs Poetical Miscellanies Colliers Encyclopedia 397 After his first published work Pastorals Popes confidence in his writings grew As his poems grew in numbers his topics became more abstract In Popes composition of An Essay of Man pope thought of the happiness worship and glory in his description of man As he composed his poem he made a first draft in which was called other harmony Waingrew Eighteenth English Lit
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