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Skip to: content. You are here Home. Search form Search. Pope, Alexander - Original Text:. Alexander Pope, Works Quid de te alii loquantur, ipsi videant, sed loquentur tamen. Let what others say about you be their concern; whatever it is, they will say it anyway. Curll invites to dine,. Granville the polite,. John's self great Dryden's friends before. I excus'd them too;. Notes 1] Published in January This "Epistle" is the result of a correspondence between Pope and his personal physician and lifelong friend, Dr.
John Arbuthnot. In the summer of Arbuthnot, realizing that he was dying, wrote to the poet cautioning him about his satiric attacks on powerful individuals; on August 25 Pope replied: "I determine to address to you one of my Epistles, written by piecemeal many years, and which I have now made haste to put together: wherein the question is stated, what were and are my Motives of writing, the objections to them and my answers.
This portion, originally sketched out in , was finally published in in the St. James Journal and in an expanded form in Arbuthnot, to whom the poem is addressed, had been one of the Scriblerus group, a prose satirist in his own right, and physician to Queen Anne during her reign. Pope's summary of the Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot is as follows: "This paper is a sort of bill of complaint, begun many years since, and drawn up by snatches, as the several occasions offered.
I had no thoughts of publishing it, till it pleased some persons of rank and fortune the authors of Verses to the Imitator of Horace , and of an Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton Court to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my writings of which, being public, the Public is judge but my Person, Morals , and Family , whereof, to those who know me not, a truer information may be requisite. Being divided between the necessity to say some thing of myself , and my own laziness to undertake so awkward a task, I thought it the shortest way to put the last hand to this Epistle.
If it have anything pleasing, it will be that by which I am most desirous to please, the Truth and the Sentiment ; and if anything offensive, it will be only to those I am least sorry to offend, the vicious or the ungenerous. Many will know their own pictures in it, there being not a circumstance but what is true; but I have, for the most part, spared their Names, and they may escape being laughed at, if they please.
I would have some of them know, it was owing to the request of the learned and candid Friend to whom it is inscribed that I make not as free use of theirs as they have done of mine. However, I shall have this advantage, and honour, on my side, that whereas, by their proceeding, any abuse may be directed at any man, no injury can possibly be done by mine, since a nameless character can never be found out, but by its Truth and Likeness. He was well known for his trifling verses, effeminacy, profligacy, and gossip.
Hervey was one of Pope's bitterest enemies. Lady Mary: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu , a leading figure in eighteenth-century society noted for her wit and extensive travels.
As wife of Edward Wortley Montagu, she spent to traveling in the east. Pope, who had met her in , wrote many letters while she was away, but after her return in , their friendship cooled, and by , when Pope and Swift first attacked her, the rupture was complete.
The main reason for Pope's violent opposition to Hervey was his union with Lady Mary in writing the Verses addressed to the Imitator of Horace. Neque sermonibus vulgi. Let what others say about you be their concern; whatever it is, they will say it anyway" Cicero, De Re Publica , VI, Back to Line. The rising of this constellation in August associates it with maddening heat and with the August rehearsals of poetry in Juvenal's Rome.
Parnassus: mountain sacred to the Muses and Apollo. Pope employed a waterman to take him up and down the Thames and to deliver messages.
On Sundays the debtors could "walk forth" because they were not liable to arrest. Later, he collaborated in a poem attacking Pope cf. Smythe is also said to have been a leader of English freemasonry cf. Thus it refers to any cuckold. Some identified the reference with Sir Robert Walpole, whose wife left him in Drury lane: the abode of harlots and other disreputable types.
Bentley pretends that this Pitholeon libelled Caesar also. See notes on Hor. He specialized in scandal, sedition, and pornography. Pope had been involved in attacking Curll as early as See also lines , Probably a specific reference to the Whig newspaper, the London Journal. Essay on Man , I. Philip's Pastorals had been attacked by Pope in The Spectator , The name is applied to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.
Curll had published without permission some of Pope's letters to his friends. Books were frequently published by subscription. Pope's Iliad had been published in this manner. John Pope submitted some of his early works to Granville, who had been friendly with Dryden. One of Pope's earliest literary friends, he had encouraged the writing of the Pastorals.
His Dispensary was one of the poetical predecessors of the Rape of the Lock. Sheffield: John Sheffield, third Earl of Mulgrave. See Essay on Criticism , note on line He was a close friend of Pope's, a member of the Scriblerus Club, and a literary confidant and personal critic for Pope.
John: see Essay on Man , introductory notes. Dryden's friends. All these were patrons or admirers of Mr. In he left the English literary scene to become a consul. Oldmixons: John Oldmixon , a miscellaneous writer engaged with Whig interests. Cooke: Thomas Cooke , poet, pamphleteer, and translator.
He attacked Pope in , but tried unsuccessfully to apologize. See line Pope did not attack Gildon except here and in the later version of the Dunciad.
Dennis's reply began a long period of hostility between himself and Pope. The Dunciad , IV. Tibbalds: Louis Theobold , scholar and dramatist who edited Shakespeare He attacked Pope's edition of Shakespeare in and Pope retaliated by making him king of the Dunces in the earlier version of the Dunciad Philips received a half a crown for each section of this book.
The reference is general here as well as in lines and Addison and Pope had quarrelled over Pope's Iliad , but they also were representatives of opposing intellectual and political points of view. Lintot often displayed titles of books in red letters.
To Augustus , ]. Castalian state. Castalia is the name of a spring on Mount Parnassus; hence this refers to the poetic state. Dryden after having lived in exigencies, had a magnificent funeral bestowed upon him by the contributions of several persons of quality. Gay: ironically echoing Job "The Lord gives, and the Lord hath taken away; blest be the name of the Lord. Bubo owl , with suggestion of booby. The "dean" and "silver bel" are both mentioned in the description in Moral Essay IV.
Pope applies the name to Lord Hervey see above. The same image is used a number of times in the Dunciad to describe the activity of the bad poets. Hervey used rouge to conceal his intense pallor. IV . Broome's verses, etc. Swift, Mr. Gay, Dr. Ducket, Esquires, L. Welsted, Tho. Bentley, and other obscure persons. He also contributed a prologue to a play given for Dennis's benefit in
Epistles to Several Persons: Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot
Quid de te alii loquantur, ipsi videant, sed loquentur tamen. Let what others say about you be their concern; whatever it is, they will say it anyway. The acknowledged master of the heroic couplet and one of the primary tastemakers of the Augustan age, British writer Alexander Pope was a central figure in the Neoclassical movement of the early 18th century. He is known for having perfected the rhymed couplet form of Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Newsletter Subscribe Give.
Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot [Shut, shut the door]
The Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot is a satire in poetic form written by Alexander Pope and addressed to his friend John Arbuthnot , a physician. It was first published in and composed in , when Pope learned that Arbuthnot was dying. Pope described it as a memorial of their friendship. Both in composition and in publication, the poem had a checkered history. In its canonical form, it is composed of lines of heroic couplets.
An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot
An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot is a poem by Alexander Pope. Arbuthnot from here. Being a bold satirist, it had been quite usual for Pope to attract very rude criticism against him. Arbuthnot, a close friend, had advised him about not naming the people in his satires for naming whom Pope could land up in prison. So, one of the reasons for which Pope wrote the epistle was to thank the physician for his concern. The epistle could, very conveniently, be divided into seven parts.