Sunday, October 28, 2007


Rebecca Neighbors

The term essay was used more generally in the early 18th century than it is now. An essay is a piece of prose that comments on a particular subject. One example of an essay is Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man. This essay is organized differently than most essays today. For instance, the work is divided into four verse epistles, followed by the thesis of the essay at the end. The general form of the essay enables Pope to test philosophical ideas.


P.J. said...


Can you offer another example of an essay?
Additionally, would you or anyone else be interested in offering a definition for "verse essay"? - PJE

10B participant said...

Another example of an essay is Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism.

I'll define verse essay under that entry.