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Pope, Alexander (the Wasp of Twickenham)

Born: 1688 AD
Died: 1744 AD, at 56 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Poets


1688 - Born in the City of London on the 21st of May.

1700 - His family was forced to move to a small estate in Binfield, Berkshire due to strong anti-Catholic sentiment and a statute preventing Catholics from living within 10 miles of either London or Westminster.

1710 - First puf Queen Anne and the disputed succession between the Hanoverians and the Jacobites, leading to the attempted Jacobite invasion.
blished in a volume of Poetical Miscellanies by Jacob Tonson, The Pastorals brought instant fame to the twenty year old Pope.

1711 - He made friends with the Tory writers, John Gay, Jonathan Swift and John Arbuthnot, as well as the Whigs, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.

1712 - Pope, Gay, Swift, Arbuthnot and Thomas Parnell formed the Scriblerus Club.

1713 - He announced his plans to publish a translation of Homer's Iliad.

1714 - The political situation worsened with the death o
1719 - He made allowed Pope to move to a villa at Twickenham, where he created a famous grotto and gardens.

1725 - Began to grow discontented with the ministry of Robert Walpole and drew closer to the opposition led by Bolingbroke, who had returned to England.

1731 - Pope published his "Epistle to Burlington", on the subject of architecture, the first of four poems which would later be grouped under the title Moral Essays.

1738 - Pope wrote little. He toyed with the idea of composing a patriotic epic in blank verse called Brutus, but only the opening lines survive.

         - He wrote the Universal Prayer.

1744 - Died in Twickenham, England on the 30th of May.


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