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" After all this, it is surely superfluous to answer the question that has once been asked, Whether Pope was a poet, otherwise than by asking in return, If Pope be not a poet, where is poetry to be found? "
The Monthly Anthology, and Boston Review - Page 468
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The Making of the English Literary Canon: From the Middle Ages to the Late ...

Trevor Ross, Trevor Thornton Ross - 2000 - 400 pages
...otherwise admired, when he took on the polemicists for pure poetry at the end of his "Life of Pope": "To circumscribe poetry by a definition will only...which shall exclude Pope will not easily be made."'" From the point of view of the history of canonmaking, however, Warton 's scheme is of considerable...
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Samuel Johnson as Book Reviewer: A Duty to Examine the Labors of the Learned

Brian Hanley - 2001 - 293 pages
...done their best, and what shall be added will be the effort of tedious toil and needless curiosity. After all this it is surely superfluous to answer...otherwise than by asking in return, If Pope be not a poetry, where is poetry to be found? The commentary here amounts to a rousing defense of Pope's reputation...
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Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past, 1660-1781

Richard Terry, Richard G. Terry, Reader in Eighteenth-Century English Literature Richard Terry, Terry, Richard G. Terry - 2001 - 354 pages
...disqualify his writing from being thought of as 'poetry'. Johnson was famously dismissive of the calumny ('If Pope be not a poet, where is poetry to be found?'), but still expressed opposition to Warton in terms making clear his acceptance, to some extent, of the...
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Johnson, Writing, and Memory

Greg Clingham - 2002 - 222 pages
...questions to poetic ones.3" While never offering the section on the metaphysical poets as a manifesto ("To circumscribe poetry by a definition will only shew the narrowness of the definer"),3' it does make a powerful statement of principles. Eliot famously thought that "a thought...
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Alexander Pope and His Critics: An essay on the genius and writings of Pope ...

Joseph Warton - 2004 - 415 pages
...in the original volume. An answer is usually sought in Johnson's conclusion to the 'Life of Pope': After all this it is surely superfluous to answer...definition which shall exclude Pope will not easily be made.84 It is assumed that the question referred to was that asked by Warton. Johnson again goes against...
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The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

Jack Lynch, John T. Lynch - 2003 - 224 pages
...agree (albeit reluctantly) with Warton's fundamental assumptions. His response to Warton's challenge - "If Pope be not a poet, where is poetry to be found?" - seems to place Pope outside any narrative of post-Miltonic poetic decay: "Let us look round upon...
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