Alexander Pope: The Temple of Fame: A Vision (2888 words)

Pat Rogers (University of South Florida)
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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 Provencial 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 …

Citation: Rogers, Pat. "The Temple of Fame: A Vision". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 May 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40842, accessed 06 July 2022.]

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