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In a modern prose translation of an extract from Popes An Essay on Criticism Popes didactic message concerning the proper composition and nature of poetry becomes simply a functional statement of established principles We know already of course that a poems sound must seem an echo to the sense What elevates Popes poem above the simply instructive is its extraordinarily skilful and witty use of meter and diction to illustrate these principles Popes aim is to highlight the faults of bad poetry and instruct the would-be poet in the rules of his craft and this we can see in the prose translation however without his subtle devices the theme has no convincing effect on the reader We want to be assured that Pope practices what he preaches When we turn to the poem itself we can see that the message and the means the sound and the sense are so inseparably and skilfully interwoven that the poem becomes a perfect advertisement for itself We become convinced of poetrys duty and power to delight as well as to inform Popes masterful use of meter in the poem demonstrates perfectly the way in that an underlying meter can be established and then subtly varied with an armament of counterpoint devices He uses this skill conversely to expose the faults he condemns in lines 345 57 each line is a self-contained parody of a different poetic fault The dull plodding monosyllables of And ten low words oft creep in one dull line the pointless addition of do in line 346 to make up the decasyllable the listless assonance of dull line and unvaried chimes and expected rhymes these features are integral to a message which is
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