‘Wit’s Wild Dancing Light’: Reading the Poems of Alexander Pope

William Hutchings
Open Book Publishers
2023-12-19

The book is a chronological reading of Alexander Pope’s poems, from the Pastorals (1709) to the four-book Dunciad (1743). Each of the 26 chapters forming the volume selects examples for detailed scrutiny, demonstrating how close reading can generate understanding of a whole poem and how critical appraisal can build into a creative survey of an entire poetic career. The book’s approach is intended to be both scholarly and accessible and 'Wit's Wild Dancing Light' will be of interest to scholars, students and anybody interested in Pope’s masterful poetry.

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‘Wit’s Wild Dancing Light’: Reading the Poems of Alexander Pope

William Hutchings

Open Book Publishers

2023-12-19

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The book is a chronological reading of Alexander Pope’s poems, from the Pastorals (1709) to the four-book Dunciad (1743). Each of the 26 chapters forming the volume selects examples for detailed scrutiny, demonstrating how close reading can generate understanding of a whole poem and how critical appraisal can build into a creative survey of an entire poetic career. The book’s approach is intended to be both scholarly and accessible and 'Wit's Wild Dancing Light' will be of interest to scholars, students and anybody interested in Pope’s masterful poetry.

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  • Anthologies: general
  • Literature: history and criticism
  • Literary essays
  • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • Teaching of reading, writing and numeracy
  • Chronological reading
  • Critical appraisal
  • Eighteenth-century English poetry
  • Literary essays
  • Literary theory
  • Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • Teaching of a specific subject
  • Literature: history and criticism
  • Literary studies: poetry and poets
  • Poetry
  • Literary essays
  • Literature: history and criticism
  • Literary studies: poetry and poets
  • Teaching of a specific subject
  • PR3634
  • European Studies: English and Irish Studies
  • Literature
  • Age of Enlightenment
  • Alexander Pope