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Pope, Alexander

An eighteenth-century English poet known for his satiric wit and insistence on the values of classicism in literature: balance, symmetry, and restraint. His best-known poems are “The Rape of the Lock,” “An Essay on Criticism,” and “An Essay on Man.”

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