Alexander Pope

Died aged 56

Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 O.S. – 30 May 1744) was an English poet, translator, and satirist of the Enlightenment era who is considered one of the most prominent English poets of the early 18th century. An exponent of Augustan literature, Pope is best known for his satirical and discursive poetry including The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism, and for his translation of Homer. After Shakespeare, Pope is the second-most quoted author in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, some of his verses having entered common parlance (e.g. "damning with faint praise" or "to err is human; to forgive, divine").

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

Alexander Pope 1688-1744 poet lived in this row Mawson's Buildings 1716-1719

Mawson Arms PH (formerly Mawson's Buildings), 110 Chiswick Lane South, Chiswick, W4 Hounslow, London, United Kingdom where they lived

In a house in this court Alexander Pope poet was born 1688

32 Lombard Street, EC3, London, United Kingdom where they was born (1688)

Pope's Seat The poet Alexander Pope visited Sherborne Castle in 1724 and was so impressed with the gardens that he wrote a long description of them. He particularly liked the shaded walk to the 'venerable broken walls' of the Old Castle by the river, the 'natural cascade, with never-ceasing murmurs' and the views of the 'glimmering waters'. Here there was a 'rustic seat of stone, flagged and rough, with two urns in the same rude taste upon pedestals on each side'. The present structure dates from the late eighteenth century and was probably designed by Henry Holland, who was paid £30 10s in 1778 for a 'covered bench in the garden'. In 1780 the estates accounts record the castle mason putting the finishing touches to the 'Alcove in the Grove'. The Digby family called it Pope's Seat in honour of the poet.

Pope's Seat - Sherborne Castle & Lakeside Gardens, Sherborne, United Kingdom where they visited Sherborne Castle (1724)

The Site of the Toy Inn An ancient Hostelry of Note Built for Oliver Cromwell's Troops c, 1650 rebuilt c. 1700, demolished c. 1840, wherein Pope wrote the Rape of the Lock; the Duke of Clarence, afterwards William IV, formed & presided over his Toy Club; and Thomas Dunckerley founded the Masonic Lodge of Harmony 255 in 1785. The Lodge held here for 37 years, now erects this Tablet July 1933

Hampton Court Palace - Hampton Court Way, London, United Kingdom where they wrote