Latest Alexander Pope Articles
In the time of Pope and Swift, satire was their hope for a promising future; and it was the gift of being able to speak their mind — albeit through their own contrived, cunning, code-like language. And it’s because of this that a lazy and all-around poor attempt at satire is so offensive.
The most honest depictions of a woman’s power over a man can be found in literature, as Clive James argues in his book Cultural Amnesia. He gives the example of “the first thing that happens in literature”: “Troy burned because Paris was smitten by Helen’s beauty.”