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Alexander Pope

Poet Alexander Pope

Profession: Poet


Why Famous: Best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. Famous for his use of the heroic couplet, he is the third-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson.

Born: May 21, 1688
Birthplace: London, England
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: May 30, 1744 (aged 56)

Historical Events

  • 1711-05-15 Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Criticism" is published anonymously

Quotes by Alexander Pope

  • "No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday."

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