Complete Poetical Works by Alexander Pope
Hope springs eternal in the human breast: / Man never is, but always to be, blest. / The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home, / Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
An Essay on Man, ll. 95–8.

Complete Poetical Works by Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope

The Cambridge edition of the great English Englightenment poet contains his verse as well as famous translations from Homer and others.

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Early Poems
Ode on Solitude
A Paraphrase (On Thomas à Kempis)
To the Author of a Poem Entitled Successio
The First Book of Statius’s Thebais
    Imitations of English Poets
Spenser: The Alley
Waller: On a Lady Singing to Her Lute
Waller: On a Fan of the Author’s Design
Cowley: The Garden
Cowley: Weeping
Earl of Rochester: On Silence
Earl of Dorset: Artemisia
Earl of Dorset: Phryne
Dr. Swift: The Happy Life of a Country Parson
Discourse on Pastoral Poetry
I.  Spring; or, Damon
II.  Summer; or, Alexis
III.  Autumn; or, Hylas and Ægon
IV.  Winter; or, Daphne
Windsor Forest
Paraphrases from Chaucer
January and May; or, The Merchant’s Tale
The Wife of Bath
The Temple of Fame
Translations from Ovid
Sappho to Phaon
The Fable of Dryope
Vertumnus and Pomona
An Essay on Criticism
Part I
Part II
Part III
Poems: 1708–12
Ode for Music on St. Cecilia’s Day
The Balance of Europe
The Translator
On Mrs. Tofts, a Famous Opera-Singer
Epistle to Mrs. Blount, with the Works of Voiture
The Dying Christian to His Soul
Epistle to Mr. Jervas
Impromptu to Lady Winchilsea
Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady
The Rape of the Lock
Canto I
Canto II
Canto III
Canto IV
Canto V
Poems: 1713–17
Prologue to Mr. Addison’s Cato
Epilogue to Mr. Rowe’s Jane Shore
To a Lady, with the Temple of Fame
Upon the Duke of Marlborough’s House at Woodstock
Lines to Lord Bathurst
Epistle to Mrs. Teresa Blount
Lines Occasioned by Some Verses of His Grace the Duke of Buckingham
A Farewell to London
Imitation of Martial
Imitation of Tibullus
The Basset-Table
Epigram on the Toasts of the Kit-Cat Club
The Challenge
The Looking-Glass
Prologue Designed for Mr. D’Urfey’s Last Play
Prologue to the ‘Three Hours after Marriage’
Prayer of Brutus
To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Extemporaneous Lines
Eloisa to Abelard
Poems: 1718–27
An Inscription upon a Punch-Bowl
Epistle to James Craggs, Esq.
A Dialogue
Verses to Mr. C.
To Mr. Gay
On Drawings of the Statues of Apollo, Venus, and Hercules
Epistle to Robert, Earl of Oxford and Mortimer
    Two Choruses to the Tragedy of Brutus
I.  Chorus of Athenians
II.  Chorus of Youths and Virgins
To Mrs. M. B. on Her Birthday
Answer to the Following Question of Mrs. Howe
On a Certain Lady at Court
To Mr. John Moore
    The Curll Miscellanies
I.  Umbra
II.  Bishop Hough
III.  Sandys’ Ghost
IV.  Epitaph
V.  The Three Gentle Shepherds
VI.  On the Countess of Burlington Cutting Paper
VII.  Epigram: An Empty House
    Poems Suggested by Gulliver
I.  Ode to Quinbus Flestrin
II.  The Lamentation of Glumdalclitch for the Loss of Grildrig
III.  To Mr. Lemuel Gulliver
IV.  Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver
Later Poems
On Certain Ladies
Prologue (To a Play for Mr. Dennis’s Benefit)
Song, by a Person of Quality
Verses Left by Mr. Pope
On His Grotto at Twickenham
On Receiving from the Right Hon. the Lady Frances Shirley a Standish and Two Pens
On Beaufort House Gate at Chiswick
To Mr. Thomas Southern
Epigram (“My Lord complains”)
Epigram (“Yes! ’t is the time”)
1740: A Poem
Poems of Uncertain Date
To Erinna
Lines Written in Windsor Forest
Verbatim from Boileau
Lines on Swift’s Ancestors
On Seeing the Ladies at Crux Easton Walk in the Woods by the Grotto
Inscription on a Grotto, the Work of Nine Ladies
To the Right Hon. the Earl of Oxford
Epigrams and Epitaphs
On a Picture of Queen Caroline
Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal Highness
Lines Written in Evelyn’s Book on Coins
    From the Grub-Street Journal
I.  Epigram (“Did Milton’s prose”)
II.  Epigram (“Should D[enni]s print”)
III.  Mr. J. M. S[myth]e
IV.  Epigram on Mr. M[oo]re’s Going to Law with Mr. Giliver
V.  Epigram (“A gold watch found”)
VI.  Epitaph on James Moore-Smythe
VII.  A Question by Anonymous
VIII.  Epigram (“Great G[eorge]”)
IX.  Epigram (“Behold! ambitious”)
On Charles, Earl of Dorset
On Sir William Trumbull
On the Hon. Simon Harcourt
On James Craggs, Esq.
On Mr. Rowe
On Mrs. Corbet
On the Monument of the Hon. R. Digby and of His Sister Mary
On Sir Godfrey Kneller
On General Henry Withers
On Mr. Elijah Fenton
On Mr. Gay
Intended for Sir Isaac Newton
On Dr. Francis Atterbury
On Edmund, Duke of Buckingham
For One Who Would Not Be Buried in Westminster Abbey
Another on the Same
On Two Lovers Struck Dead by Lightning
On John Gay
An Essay on Man
Epistle I. Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to the Universe
Epistle II. Of the Nature and State of Man with Respect to Himself As an Individual
Epistle III. Of the Nature and State of Man with Respect to Society
Epistle IV. Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to Happiness
Moral Essays
Epistle I. Of the Knowledge and Characters of Men
Epistle II. Of the Characters of Women
Epistle III. Of the Use of Riches
Epistle IV. Of the Use of Riches
Epistle V. To Mr. Addison, Occasioned by His Dialogues on Medals
Universal Prayer
Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot
    Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace Imitated
The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace
The Second Satire of the Second Book of Horace
The First Epistle of the First Book of Horace
The Sixth Epistle of the First Book of Horace
The First Epistle of the Second Book of Horace
The Second Epistle of the Second Book of Horace
Satires of Dr. John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s, Versified
Epilogue to the Satires
The Sixth Satire of the Second Book of Horace
The Seventh Epistle of the First Book of Horace
The First Ode of the Fourth Book of Horace
The Ninth Ode of the Fourth Book of Horace
The Dunciad
Front Matter
Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Translations from Homer
    The Iliad
Pope’s Preface
Book I. The Contention of Achilles and Agamemnon
Book II. The Trial of the Army and Catalogue of the Forces
Book III. The Duel of Menelaus and Paris
Book IV. The Breach of the Truce, and the First Battle
Book V. The Acts of Diomed
Book VI. The Episodes of Glaucus and Diomed, and of Hector and Andromache
Book VII. The Single Combat of Hector and Ajax
Book VIII. The Second Battle, and the Distress of the Greeks
Book IX. The Embassy to Achilles
Book X. The Night Adventure of Diomede and Ulysses
Book XI. The Third Battle, and the Acts of Agamemnon
Book XII. The Battle at the Grecian Wall
Book XIII. The Fourth Battle Continued, in Which Neptune Assists the Greeks. The Acts of Idomeneus
Book XIV. Juno Deceives Jupiter by the Girdle of Venus
Book XV. The Fifth Battle, at the Ships; and the Acts of Ajax
Book XVI. The Sixth Battle: The Acts and Death of Patroclus
Book XVII. The Seventh Battle, for the Body of Patroclus.—The Acts of Menelaus
Book XVIII. The Grief of Achilles, and New Armour Made Him by Vulcan
Book XIX. The Reconciliation of Achilles and Agamemnon
Book XX. The Battle of the Gods, and the Acts of Achilles
Book XXI. The Battle in the River Scamander
Book XXII. The Death of Hector
Book XXIII. Funeral Games in Honour of Patroclus
Book XXIV. The Redemption of the Body of Hector
Pope’s Concluding Note
    The Odyssey (partial)
Book III. The Interview of Telemachus and Nestor
Book V. The Departure of Ulysses from Calypso
Book VII. The Court of Alcinoüs
Book IX. The Adventures of the Cicons, Lotophagi, and Cyclops
Book X. Adventures with Æolus, the Læstrygons, and Circe
Book XIII. The Arrival of Ulysses in Ithaca
Book XIV. The Conversation with Eumæus
Book XV. The Return of Telemachus
Book XXI. The Bending of Ulysses’ Bow
Book XXII. The Death of the Suitors
Postscript by Pope
A. A Glossary of Names of Pope’s Contemporaries Mentioned in the Poems
B. Notes and Illustrations
C. Bibliographical Note