The Restoration Period

by Hayden Salles and Lucas Vo

Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope was born in London on May 21st, 1688. As a child, Pope suffered from spinal deformity preventing him from ever growing past the height of 4'6". Due to his religious beliefs, Alexander did not get to learn much. However, that did not stop his passion for learning. He learned Latin and Greek from many different tutors and his ultimate goal was to become a great poet. Alexander was considered a prodigy at the age of 17 when he got introduced to by important members in a literary community. His writing career began in 1704 but Pope did not become publicly recognized until in 1709 when he published his Pastorals. Alexander lived to the age of 56 and died on May 30th, 1744 in Twickenham.


  • An Essay on Criticism
  • An Essay on Man
  • Pastorals
  • The Rape of Lock
  • Translation of Odyssey
  • Translation of Homer's Iliad
  • The Dunciad

Greatest Achievement

Alexander's greatest achievement was his translation of Homer's Iliad, which was published in six volumes from 1715 to 1720. Pope's profits from his translation of Homer was well over 8,000 pounds ($11,667.60 today). This was astonishing because no English author before him had ever made the same amount.


Alexander Pope was famous for his satires. His greatest satirical work was The Rape of the Lock, written in 1712. This piece secured Pope as a legitimate poet in the writers society. Pope used exaggeration and describing very basic humans in epic terms in his satire poems.
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Works Cited

Works Cited

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Butt, John. "Alexander Pope English Author." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

Jokinen, Anniina. "Alexander Pope." Britlitwiki. Tangient LLC, 20 May 2010. Web. 4 Feb. 2016.