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Who wrote "to err is human; to forgive, divine"?

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b.Oliviasi

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Answered Oct 26, 2017

Most people attribute the phrase “to err is human, to forgive, divine” to Alexander Pope. His best known work is actually his translation of Homer’s works, such as “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”. Oddly enough, he’s also known for his own poems, and specifically his use of satire and of the heroic couplet. The heroic couplet, for those not well-versed (ba-dum tsss) in poetry, is rhyming lines in iambic pentameter. Anyone familiar with Shakespeare has read iambic pentameter.


Anyway, Pope has written many poems, and many of them were published in his own collections and anthologies. These are ones he put together, not that were put together by others. He’s written about various topics, and about sensitive issues from the timer period.

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