Category Archives: Pope (Alexander)

Sports Autographs & Locks of Hair

Fans’ obsession with autographs are like the Baron’s obsession with Belinda’s locks in “Rape of the Lock.”

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10 Famous Fetish Objects in Lit

Literature is filled with fetish objects that take on outsized significance to various characters.

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Reflecting on “A Little Learning”

Pope’s “a little learning is a dangerous thing” applies to many of today’s policy debates.

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Pope’s Longing for a Spotless Mind

The movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” uses an Alexander Pope poem as its springboard.

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Obama: A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

Climate denialists who attack science have a lot in common with Pope’s dunces.

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Hope Springs Eternal in the NFL Draft

The NFL draft perfectly exemplifies Alexander Pope’s passage about hope.

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The Right Wing’s War on Science

Tim O’Brien describes a character for whom facts are formed by sensation. Sounds like today’s right wing.

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Justice’s Alimentary Imperative

Alexander Pope understood that justice is best served on a full stomach.

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The End of the World As We Know It?

A number of poets have written poems about the apocalypse. But it’s always figurative, never literal.

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Prez Keeps Head While Others Lose Theirs

Obama, taking a cue from Kipling and maybe Edward Rowland Sill, bounced back in Tuesday’s debate.

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Federer: Floating Butterfly, Stinging Bee

In the immortal words of Muhammad Ali, Roger Federer floated like a butterfly, stung like a bee as he won his 7th Wimbledon title yesterday.

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Literary Reflections on QEII’s Coronation

A. S. Byatt points to the renewal symbolism that Britain found in the the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 60 years ago.

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The Rape of John Lauber’s Locks

The high school incident where Romney forcibly cut a classmate’s hair is less “Lord of the Flies” and more “Rape of the Lock.”

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Reading for Fun, the Best Education

In “Northanger Abbey,” Jane Austen advocates the ideal way to raise one’s kids: encourage them to read good literature and they will learn the life lessons that they need.

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And Universal Darkness Buries All

Yesterday I talked about irresponsible political commentators and politicians and how they reminded me of the scribblers that John Dryden was worried about in the 1680’s. In the 1740’s Alexander Pope was even more pessimistic about the threat they posed. In The Dunciad he imagines an inevitable cultural slide until “universal darkness buries all.” Harold […]

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The Poetry of Spanish Soccer

The incomparable Xavi  Sports Saturday Spanish sports is having a great year. First of all, Spanish forward Pau Gasol was a major reason why the Los Angeles Lakers won their 16th championship in an archetypal series against the Boston Celtics. Then we were officially ushered from the Age of Federer into the Age of Nadal […]

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Playing Cards in Rape of the Lock

The rules for ombre and how the hands are played in “Rape of the Lock.” Altogether brilliant.

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