"a manifestation of early genius à la Alexander Pope"
(1688-1744) was an English poet, known for works such as The Rape of the Lock
and his translation of Homer. As a Catholic in Protestant England, when he was a child he had little access to the sort of Catholic education his parents wanted for him. As a result of this he was largely self-educated. He taught himself by reading Classical writers such as Horace, Homer, and Juvenal, as well as English writers like Shakespeare and Chaucer. He studied a number of languages including Latin, Greek, French and Italian.