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A Little Learning Poem Analysis

Literary Genres II, Gloria Velazquez
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Yeilis Quintana

on 29 March 2013

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Alexander Pope A Little Learning By Yeilis Quintana Author's Biography Poem Analysis Interpretation Rhyme Paraphrase Imagery Alexander Pope was born the 21st of May of 1688 in London, England.

Pope was taught to read by his aunt and then went to an illegal Catholic school to receive the rest of his education.

He was an autodidact writer.

His knowledge was gained through the works of classic author’s such as Virgil, Homer and Horace.

From the age twelve he suffered from a type of tuberculosis (Pott ’s disease) which left him deformed and stunted his growth so that he only reached 4 feet 6 inches.

He died the 30th of May of 1744 of health conditions. Humans are insignificant in the greater scheme of things. Even with all the progress we’ve made, there is still too much to be done. For every problem we solve, every equation for which we find an answer, there are ten or twenty to follow. The moment we start learning will make us thirst for knowledge eternally. We never cease to learn, but even then, we learn too little. The power of knowledge is greater than all things and sometimes, a little bit of knowledge can make us feel like experts of a topic we have barely grazed. A little learning is a dangerous thing ; A
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring : A
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, B
And drinking largely sobers us again. B
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts, C
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ; C
While from the bounded level of our mind D
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind, D
But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise E
New distant scenes of endless science rise! E
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try, F
Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ; F
The eternal snows appear already past, G
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ; G
But those attained, we tremble to survey H
The growing labours of the lengthened way ; H
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes, I
Hill peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise! I Once you start learning, you’ll wish to keep doing so indefinitely.
No matter how much you learn it never seems to be enough.
But our minds are not complex enough to capture the grandeur of things.
We can only contemplate the present.
However, we keep trying to reach greater knowledge through science.
But the knowledge to be captured is too much for us to reach.
The prospect of all we still have to understand scares us.
We are left with the guarantee that there is far too much to learn. Visual shallow draughts

towering Alps

the first clouds and mountains seem the last Figures of Speech Metaphor Personification A little learning is
a dangerous thing ...scenes of endless
science rise! Hill peep o’er hills, and
Alps on Alps arise ! Rhythm and Meter A little learning is a dangerous thing ; Iambic, Hexameter
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring : Dactylic, Trimeter
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, Iambic, Pentameter
And drinking largely sobers us again. Iambic, Pentameter
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts, Trochaic, Pentameter
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ; Iambic, Pentameter
While from the bounded level of our mind Trochaic, Pentameter
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind, Iambic, Pentameter
But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise Dactylic, Trimeter
New distant scenes of endless science rise! Iambic, Pentameter
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try, Iambic, Pentameter
Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ; Dactylic, Trmeter
The eternal snows appear already past, Dactylic, Trimeter
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ; Anapestic, Trimeter
But those attained, we tremble to survey Iambic, Pentameter
The growing labours of the lengthened way ; Trochaic, Pentameter
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes, Iambic, Hexameter
Hill peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise! Dactylic, Trimeter A Little Learning

by Alexander Pope


A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ;
While from the bounded level of our mind
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise
New distant scenes of endless science rise !
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ;
The eternal snows appear already past,
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ;
But those attained, we tremble to survey
The growing labours of the lengthened way ;
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
Hill peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise !
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