"'I'm the sort of guy who likes Pope more than Wordsworth,'"
Frontispiece of Pope's 'Miscellany' (5th edition, 1726)
Public DomainFrontispiece of Pope's 'Miscellany' (5th edition, 1726) - Credit: Publisher: Bernard Lintot; photo: Steven J. Plunkett

 Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was a satirical poet and translator. He was particularly fond of using rhyming pairs of lines known as heroic couplets.  The extract below is taken from 'The Rape of the Lock', a burlesque (a humorous imitation of a serious work) written in the mock-heroic style:

In various Talk th' instructive hours they past

Who gave the Ball, or paid the Visit last:  

One speaks the Glory of the British Queen, 

And one describes a charming Indian Screen.

 

William Wordsworth (after a painting by P. Kämer)
Public DomainWilliam Wordsworth (after a painting by P. Kämer) - Credit: P.Krämer/Friedrich Bruckmann

 William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a major English Romantic poet who become the British Poet Laureate in 1843. He is particularly remembered for his short lyric poem 'Daffodils'; his sonnet 'The World Is Too Much With Us'; his ode 'Intimations of Immortality'; and his lengthy semi-autobiographical poem 'The Prelude'.