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Alexander Pope

Nationality: England
Profession: poet
From: May 21, 1688 To May 30, 1744
56 Years

AboutAlexander Pope

Alexander Pope  was born on 21st May 1688 , was an 18th-century English poet. The poet was citizen of England. His father was a linen merchant in Plough court. From the age of 12, he suffered numerous health problems including Pott's disease (a form of tuberculosis that affects the spine), which deformed his body and stunted his growth, leaving him with a severe hunchback. His tuberculosis infection caused other health problems including respiratory difficulties, high fevers, inflamed eyes, and abdominal pain. He grew to a height of only 4 ft 6 inches. Pope was already removed from society because he was Catholic.  Although he never married, he had many female friends to whom he wrote witty letters, including Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Allegedly, his lifelong friend Martha Blount was his lover. He is best known for his satirical verse, including Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock and The Dunciad, and for his translation of Homer. He is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare. He died at the age of 65 on 30th May 1744.

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