Sunday, May 27, 2007

Alexandra Pope is generally regarded as the greatest English poet of the early eighteenth century, best known for his satirical poems.

"We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so."
Alexander Pope (Essay on Criticism)

A Roman Catholic, Alexandra Pope knew several languages like French, Italian, Latin and Greek. One bigger language he knew was criticism or rather you call, satirical talk which he spoke in form of couplets. He wrote on what follies he saw in women and ridiculed people who misuse wealth. What is more interesting is Alexander Pope even ridiculed on writers, critics scholarly professors and called many scientists 'Stupid'. Whatever, the poet did have a lot of quotes to say through his work and one of the most we know is, "To err is human, to forgive divine!"

Ugh, oh, We say Criticism ain't good and we refrain from pointing fingers on someone! When parents get angry on their kids and criticism comes quite naturally, kids feel shame and anger. They hate you, avoid you for the criticism. Some of them rebel. This is when parental influence plays a big role. Parents need to be calm, see the positive in the kid and ask yourself, Is this criticism going to help? For kids, Criticism do play a negative role in their life and leave impressions of guilt and shame.

Here we have a poet who always wrote satirical but than, it is almost true that a person learns from criticism too. It's Attitude that makes a big difference. If Criticism is considered in a positive manner, there is a change. A person learns to live with criticism. Isn't this so true?

- ilaxi

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