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Professor Claude Rawson discusses the philosophical ideas and poetic expression of Alexander Pope's poem 'An Essay on Man'. He suggests that Pope's apparent belief in the philosophy of optimism, as... expressed in the poem, is not literal but metaphorical - a personal poetic expression of 'a rage for order'. The programme is illustrated by extracts from the poem, read by John Franklyn Robbins.
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Alternative title: A rage for order
Module code and title: A204, The Enlightenment
Item code: A204; 03
Recording date: 1978-12-122
First transmission date: 26-03-1980
Published: 1980
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Duration: 00:18:35
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Producer: Tony Coe
Contributors: John Franklyn-Robbins; Claude Julien Rawson
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Alexander Pope; An Essay on Man; Philosophy of Optimism
Master spool number: TLN50950H814
Production number: TLN50950H814
Available to public: no