Pope's topicality, and its origins as recounted in the Horatian Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot.  How poets become enmeshed in the world.  Pope writing within the form of that enmeshment.  His travails with Theobald.  Excursus on Bentley and Theobald.  Return to the Rape of the Lock and the brilliance of the reported speech.

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