Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope Poems

Alexander Pope is one of the best-known writers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His works, ‘The Rape of the Lockand ‘The Duncaid’, made his career, along with his An Essay on Criticism. Pope’s translations of Homer’s works are also quite popular. According to The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, he’s the second-most quoted writer in the English language. ‘The Rape of the Lock,’ commonly considered to be the most popular of Pope’s poems, was published in 1712 and satirizes a high society quarrel. Read more about Alexander Pope.

Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal Highness

by Alexander Pope

‘Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog’ is a humorous, playful, and extremely concise poem that presents the dog’s feelings of superiority.

While demonstrating Pope's wit, the poem is not his most famous or the most serious poetic offering. It's also not his best-known piece of writing.

I am his Highness' dog at Kew;

Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?

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