Alexander pope born may 21 1688 london england died may 30 1744 twickenham near london poet and satirist of the english augustan period best known for his poems an essay on criticism 1711 the rape of the lock 1712 14 the dunciad 1728 and an essay on man 1733 34 he is one of the most epigrammatic of all english authors. In the spring of 1688 alexander pope was born an only child to alexander and edith pope the elder pope a linen draper and recent convert to catholicism soon moved his family from london to binfield berkshire in the face of repressive anti catholic legislation from parliament. The acknowledged master of the heroic couplet and one of the primary tastemakers of the augustan age alexander pope was a central figure in the neoclassical movement of the early 18th century. The way of the creative works through change and transformation so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the great harmony this is what furthers and what perseveres
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