Conrad Brunstrom’s adroit commentary on the formal qualities of Pope’s poetry and Twitter!
Once a year, just once a year I like to relax and stop pretending that I can actually express myself with any degree of verve and finesse using only 140 characters and instead give the whole day over to Alexander Pope.
Now there was someone calling themselves Alexander Pope who was tweeting away – but they were making up their own couplets and trying to be topical. I can’t be doing with that. Far preferable was Samuel Pepys, who used to send daily nuggets from the 1660s of the “… and then to Vauxhall where did ogle Lady Castlemaine mightily” variety, Haven’t heard from Pepys for a while though he did say his eyesight was getting bad. No, for “tweet as Pope day” (#tweetaspopeday) all I want to do is send actual couplets from actual Pope poems, pretty much at random, at intervals through the day and see if the…
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