That throughout the whole visible world a universal order and gradation in the sensual and mental faculties is observed, which causes a subordination of creature to creature, and of all creatures to man. Know thy own point: Is the great chain that draws all to agree, And drawn supports, upheld by God or thee?
Pope completes his metaphor: All this dread order break--for whom? Why does man feel that nature has been unkind to him? But not everyone feels that way.
If to be perfect in a certain sphere, What matter soon or late, or here or there? How much further this order and subordination of living creatures may extend above and below us; were any part of which broken, not that part only, but the whole connected creation must be destroyed.
Pope divides the first book of the poem into numbered verse paragraphs, which is helpful. The Consequence of all, the absolute submission due to Providence, both as to our present and future state. So man, who here seems principal alone, Perhaps acts second to some sphere unknown, Touches some wheel, or verges to some goal: Remembrance and reflection how allied!
Pope chooses to use verse because it is more elegant and memorable than prose. Made for his use all creatures if he call, Say what their use, had he the powers of all?
Man should consider it a bliss that he cannot comprehend beyond mankind. Humans and every other creature are like parts in the great body of Nature, of which God is the soul, and indeed the all in all.
Like Milton, too, he burst on the literary scene in his early twenties with The Essay on Criticism published anonymously to great acclaim and then The Rape of the Lock, a mock epic drawn from Milton that gently satirized the social pretensions of London beaux and beauties.
The absurdity of conceiting himself to the final cause of creation, or expecting that perfection in the moral world which is not in the natural.
In their pride, the humans of his society have an inappropriate value system, by which they do what they please unthinkingly, then blame God if anything goes wrong. But then they question the appropriateness of natural disasters, and wonder if Nature has made a mistake.
Man has limited existence on earth. The blest to-day is as completely so As who began a thousand years ago. The critic should model himself on those previous writers, especially Aristotle, Homer, and Horace, who have proven to be good models.
Man is part of a system where there are weeker things below him and stronger above him. That it is partly upon his ignorance of future events, and partly upon the hope of a future state, that all his happiness in the present depends.
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Finkelstein Epistle 1, "Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to the Universe." Pope's contention in this section is that man, with his limited perspective, cannot know God's divine plan.
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Chapter 3: The Individual That we can judge only with regard to our own system, being ignorant of the relations of systems and things.
II. That Man is not to be deemed imperfect, but a. Essay on Man by Alexander Pope.
EPISTLE I: Of the Nature and State of Man, With Respect to the Universe ARGUMENT. Of Man in the abstract. I. That we can judge only with regard to our own system, being ignorant of the relations of systems and things.
II. That Man is not to be deemed imperfect, but a being suited to his place and rank in the. ENGL World Literature II Alexander Pope: "An Essay on Man": Epistle fresh-air-purifiers.com Guide Read only the section on the "Great Chain of Being".
Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to the Universe.
An Essay on Man. Alexander Pope. Complete Poetical Works Of systems possible, if ’t is confest: That wisdom infinite must form the best, Where all must fall or not coherent be, And all that rises rise in due degree.Download