Excerpt from Four Books of Pope's Iliad, I, IV, XXII, XXIV: With an Introduction, the Story of the Iliad, and Notes It is Pope's chief claim to distinction that he gave to the English tongue a clarity and a conciseness it did not before possess and has never since lost. He followed Milton and Dryden in their departure from the Elizabethans, with their abundant and often tur bid imagination, and he carried this movement for re strained and rational writing to its highest pitch. The wit and epigram of a poem like the Essay on Man are at the Opposite extreme from the marvellous fancy and invention of a play like The Tempest or the Midsummer Night's Dream.
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