Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. A Fool might once himself alone expose, Now One in Verse makes many more in Prose.
Pope delineates common faults of poets, e. As is usual in Pope’s poems, the Essay concludes with a reference to Pope himself. Walsh, the last of the critics mentioned, was a mentor and friend of Pope who had died in 1710. An Essay on Criticism was famously and fiercely attacked by John Dennis, who is mentioned mockingly in the work. Consequently, Dennis also appears in Pope’s later satire, The Dunciad.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring. This is in reference to the spring in the Pierian Mountains in Macedonia, sacred to the Muses. To err is human, to forgive divine. The phrase “fools rush in where angels fear to tread” from Part III has become part of the popular lexicon, and has been used for and in various works.