Wednesday, 30 May 2012
The Pope is Dead
Posted by M.H. Forsyth
Alexander Pope is, as this blog has established, the most quoted English poet. He died 266 years ago today and two people wrote poems on the subject. Here they are:
On the Death of Mr. Pope
Seal up the book, all vision's at an end,
For who durst now to poetry pretend?
Since Pope is dead, it must be sure confessed
The Muse's sacred inspiration's ceased;
And we may only what is writ rehearse:
His works are the apocalypse of verse.
And, as Pope was such a satirist:
Spoken Extempore on the Death of Mr. Pope
Vice now may lift aloft her speckled head,
And front the sun undaunted: Pope is dead!