Alexander Pope's opus magnum as Palladian monument [electronic resource] / by Cassandra C. Pauley.
ABSTRACT: The overarching goal of this study is to suggest that Alexander Pope did not abandon his project for a "system of ethics in the Horatian way," but rather that in his final days he did find a way to unite the parts at hand into a viable whole. Constructing such an argument, however, requires a similar building up from the parts, and so the core focus becomes a study on the way the image of an arch can serve as a metaphor for Pope's reconciliation scheme in his Moral Essays as he "steers betwixt" seeming opposites. To justify this approach, I note the works of critics who have studied Pope's use of the sister arts, the works of architectural theorists and historians, as well the works of critics who focus on various reconciliatory strategies. Perhaps more importantly, I look back to Pope's correspondence and Joseph Spence's record to establish not only Pope's interest in architecture, but also his actual architectural endeavors.
School:University of South Florida
School Location:USA - Florida
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:pope alexander 1688 1744 essay on man reconciliation eighteenth century poetry architecture moral essays dissertations academic usf english doctoral
Date of Publication:01/01/2003