"Here is Pope: Most women have no character at all"
Alexander Pope (c.1742) by Jean-Baptiste Van Loo (1684-1745)
Public DomainAlexander Pope (c.1742) by Jean-Baptiste Van Loo (1684-1745) - Credit: J-Baptiste Van Loo

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was a satirical poet, famous for his use of the poetic form known as the heroic couplet. The example below, from one of his best-known poems The Rape of the Lock, satirises Queen Anne:

'Here thou, great Anna, whom three realms obey

Dost sometimes counsel take, and sometimes tea.'