An Essay on Man is a poem published by Alexander Pope in It is concerned with the natural order God has decreed for man. More than any other work, it popularized optimistic philosophy throughout England and the rest of Europe. On its publication, An Essay on Man met with great admiration throughout Europe.
An Essay on Man: Epistle II by Alexander Pope | Poetry Foundation
An Essay on Man is a poem published by Alexander Pope in — It is concerned with the natural order God has decreed for man. Because man cannot know God's purposes, he cannot complain about his position in the Great Chain of Being ll. Pope's Essay on Man and Moral Epistles were designed to be the parts of a system of ethics which he wanted to express in poetry. On its publication, An Essay on Man received great admiration throughout Europe. Voltaire called it "the most beautiful, the most useful, the most sublime didactic poem ever written in any language". Kant was fond of the poem and would recite long passages from it to his students.
God rules over the whole universe and has no special favorites, not man nor any other creature. Any deviation from this order would result in cosmic destruction. Because the universe is so highly ordered, chance, as man understands it, does not exist.
To Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke. The acknowledged master of the heroic couplet and one of the primary tastemakers of the Augustan age, British writer Alexander Pope was a central figure in the Neoclassical movement of the early 18th century.