You know where you did despise

By Alexander Pope 1688–1744 Alexander Pope
You know where you did despise
(Tother day) my little Eyes,
Little Legs, and little Thighs,
And some things, of little Size,
                     You know where.

You, tis true, have fine black eyes,
Taper legs, and tempting Thighs,
Yet what more than all we prize
Is a Thing of little Size,
                     You know where.

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Poet Alexander Pope 1688–1744

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Augustan

Subjects Nature, The Body, Friends & Enemies, Relationships, Men & Women

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 Alexander  Pope

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Alexander Pope was born in London to a Roman Catholic family. A childhood sickness left him with stunted height, a curved spine, and ill health for the rest of his life. Pope earned fame and great financial success as a poet, satirist, and translator. He is perhaps best remembered for his mastery of the heroic couplet, as in An Essay on Man and “The Rape of the Lock.”

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SUBJECT Nature, The Body, Friends & Enemies, Relationships, Men & Women

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Augustan

Poetic Terms Epigram

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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