Epigrams

1. Philosophy is usually not expressed in verse.

     a. What qualities do philosophic epigrams have that make them good vehicles for the expression of ideas?

        

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     b. What qualities make them bad vehicles?

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2. An Essay on Man, Epistle II, lines 217-220, is concerned with what aspect of vice?

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3. An Essay on Man, Epistle I, lines 289-294, is an expression of what idea?

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4. In An Essay on Man, Epistle II, lines 1-2, what kinds of speculation is Pope discouraging and encouraging?

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5. In An Essay on Criticism, Part II, lines 15-18, how is the second set of couplets related to the first?

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6. In The Rape of the Lock, Pope satirizes the shallowness of the young lords.  How does An Essay on Criticism,

    Part II, lines 15-18, amplify that outlook?

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7. Based on An Essay on Criticism, Part II, lines 162-165, would Pope be more inclined to speak of poetic talent

    as coming from study or inspiration, and why?  Would Pope be more inclined to say that the value of poetry lies in its sound or meaning?

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