Thursday, December 24, 2009

The First Satire Of The Second Book of Horace, Imitated in a Dialogue between Alexander Pope of Twickenham ... (London, 1733)

In this first edition copy, Pope imitates or appropriates Horace’s satirical verse in order to criticize life under George II, who displayed an indifference to the arts. Pope also questioned the widespread corruption of Walpole’s government. Pope purposely published Horace’s original text in Latin next to his own version in order to demonstrate to his readers how he reworked and departed from the ancient Roman Horatian text.

HOR M553

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