Alexander Pope Essay On Man College Entrance Essay Prompts
Because man cannot know God's purposes, he cannot complain about the existence of evil and must accept that Whatever is, is right.
More than any other work, it popularized optimistic philosophy throughout England and the rest of Europe.
As Pope’s genius ripened, the best part of the world in which he worked was pressing forward, as a mariner who will no longer hug the coast but crowds all sail to cross the storms of a wide unknown sea.
For, what one likes if others like as well, What serves one will, when many wills rebel?
How shall he keep what, sleeping or awake, A weaker may surprise, a stronger take?
The one will appear obvious; that principles, maxims, or precepts, so written, both strike the reader more strongly at first, and are more easily retained by him afterwards: the other may seem odd, but it is true: I found I could express them more shortly this way than in prose itself; and nothing is more certain than that much of the force as well as grace of arguments or instructions depends on their conciseness.
I was unable to treat this part of my subject more in detail without becoming dry and tedious; or more poetically without sacrificing perspicuity to ornament, without wandering from the precision, or breaking the chain of reasoning.