Sir, I admit your gen’ral rule

That every poet is a fool.

But you yourself may serve to show it,

That every fool is not a poet.

                        –Alexander Pope

Having written this post, as well as a book of poetry (A Pillar of Pepper), I find this doubly scary.  But what then is an “epigram“?    [For MORE go through the DOOR]




What is an epigram?  a dwarfish whole,

Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

–Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(English poet, 1772-1834)


So I guess thatmeans something like a surprisingly short poem (whatever a poem is) is redeemed by surprising and biting cleverness.

And “Alexander Pope”?  First of all, don’t confuse him with “Pope Alexander I, II, III, IV, V, VI (especially him because he had a terrible reputation), VII or VIII.”  The Pope who wrote our poem was English (1688 -1744) and (according to Wikipedia) is the 3rd-most quoted writer (after Shakespeare and Tennyson) in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

Author: John Knapp

3 thoughts on “#022…POETS

  1. As was your comment…Thanks, too. Interesting also is the timing on my “Pope” comment. Any thoughts on the new one, Pope Francis?

  2. I guess my only thoughts were: Wow, they picked another relatively old guy, and also I was pretty shocked to discover he is the FIRST from the western hemisphere. That blew me away a little bit.

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