Alexander Pope, The Temple of Fame: A Vision

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The Temple of Fame

marks an important stage in Pope’s career. Some portions of the text, especially those relating to the history of literature, extend ideas first formulated in

An Essay on Criticism

(1711). Other passages, notably in the early lines that set the scene, have links with the romantic landscape of

Eloisa to Abelard

and the

Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady

(both published in 1717). A note was later added that the introductory paragraphs were composed “in the manner of the


Poets, whose works were for the most parts Visions, or pieces of imagination” – a mode that always attracted Pope, but on which he employed most freely in this particular phase of his life (

Rape of the Lock

, 244). As the poem progresses, more and more aspects of the verse point…

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Citation: Rogers, Pat. "The Temple of Fame: A Vision". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 May 2022 [, accessed 19 April 2024.]

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