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 (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'.