Alexander Pope

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Alexander Pope (1688–1744) was a prominent English poet, essayist and satirist who is considered one of the finest poets of the Enlightenment.

He began writing verses at the age of 12 and completed his finest work, An Essay on Criticism (1711), at only age 23. That work is best known for its insight:

"To err is human, to forgive, divine."

His great intellectual achievement was to translate the Iliad and Odyssey, classical Greek works, into English.

Pope remained a Catholic his entire life despite discrimination against Catholics in England at the time. He is one of the most-quoted English writers in all of history.