On what grounds have Pope’s style and diction been criticised

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Pope’s style and diction have been criticised as artificial and unnatural. It has been called mechanical and affected. It has also been pointed out that he lacks spontaneity, grace, and ease of manner.

There is much in him which seems to be forced and labored. The qualities of lucidity, clearness and logic are prosaic. The true poetic qualities are poetic rapture, intensity, the glow of passion and imagination. His poetry is devoid of all these elements; he has only wit and no originality. He spins out common-places with a mechanical regularity which becomes dull and monotonous.

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