Out of all the readings this week, I highly enjoyed An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope. Before reading through the whole essay, I noticed that it was written as a poem. This discouraged me because I always found long poems to be hard to comprehend through schooling. After reading through the passage carefully, I was taking back by his theme of the beauty of writing freely and literature. Pope has a strong sense of believing that no one should judge others intelligence because one may not be able to please the reader. Within Popes ongoing theme of criticism, Pope argues that a critic can lead to bad judgment because of his or her own opinion. As being said, in my own opinion about what Pope is trying to conclude is that critics can harm not only the piece of written literature but as well the person who writes it. As mentioned, because of my past relationship with English/literature classes, poems and close readings of important essays and novels always challenged me intellectually and still do till this day. This essay by Alexander Pope honesty opened my eyes to believing differently about literature and myself as a college student.
Throughout my college career, writing has been such an ongoing struggle for me. No matter how hard I try or improve, I find my self-falling in a downward slope. It has been extremely hard to go through multiple professors that have different opinions on writing and how it should be done. Even though I know there are skills I still need to improve on, I truly believe that everyone has their own writing style and even more so a purpose in his/her education. Pope argues that within nature, there is a purpose for everyone. I myself may struggle with writing, but over time I will improve within believing in my self and not worrying too much about others negative criticism. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and everyone has to overcome a weakness to improve in life, which is the beauty of humanity.