Any Topic Essay

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The poem ‘An Epistle to Burlington’ is a poem about Burlington’s publication of Palladio’s drawings which dealt directly with the issues of aesthetic taste and judgment at the heart of the Burlingtonian movement, in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. The ‘Epistle’ seeks to draw the reader’s attention towards a problem and then to indicate where the solution can be found. The problem is what Pope sees as the aesthetic abominations perpetrated by the tasteless and vulgar. The solution is the grace and harmony of Lord Burlington’s aesthetic vision, which the poet has eulogized. The novel “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe however, is about a young man who, being the only survivor in a shipwreck, found himself in an un-inhabited island at the coast of America near the shores of River Oroonoque. He lived in this island, alone for twenty eight years. In both texts; Alexander Defoe’s novel and Alexander Pope’s poem, the themes of empire building and man’s dominion over nature have been brought out distinctively. By comparing the two texts; the pope’s article the epistle of Burlington and Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, one of the most evident similarities between the two texts is seen in the theme of human dominance on nature. Both texts successfully describe the heroic nature of the protagonist. On Defoe’s article, this book is a fictional autobiography of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Venezuela. He is the only survivor in his ship after the storm hit them at sea, claiming the lives of all his other ship mates. This is similar to the poem, “An epistle to Burlington”. The general principles of good and bad taste in architecture and gardening are followed by the celebrated passage containing the description of Timmons’s villa and grounds. The lines which are held up as an example of vulgarity and bad taste in both, while the

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