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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263518

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263518.001.0001

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Dulness and Pope

Dulness and Pope

Warton Lecture On English Poetry

(p.228) (p.229) Dulness and Pope
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures

David Womersley

British Academy

This lecture discusses the dividedness shown by Pope in The Dunciad and attempts to offer a new explanation of that dividedness. It seeks the reasons for that dividedness and also dwells on Pope's relationship with the man he identified as a very dull poet, Sir Richard Blackmore. The lecture also argues that Pope acknowledged a kind of precedency in Dulness, and that The Dunciad pays an implicit tribute to the priority of dull poets in general.

Keywords:   dividedness, The Dunciad, relationship, reasons for the dividedness, explanation of the dividedness, Sir Richard Blackmore, Dulness, priority of dull poets

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