Full Text Pope, Alexander: The Works (1736) VOL. I. WITH Explanatory Notes and Additions never before printed. AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM. Written in the Year 1709. AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM. Written in the Year 1709. (by Pope, Alexander) THE CONTENTS OF THE Essay on Criticism. PART I. 1. That 'tis as great a fault to judge ill, as to write-ill, and a more dangerous one to the public. 2. The variety of.