More about Alexender Popes’ life in Binfield

The house on Murrell Hill now known as Popes Manor was actually named Whitehill House when Alexander Pope lived there with his family from the age of 12.

Pope wrote some of his most famous pieces while he lived in Binfield and took much of his inspiration from the landscape & local area.

These poems include:

Pastorals
The Rape of the Lock
An Essay on Criticism
Windsor Forest

Pat Rogers’ 2010 biography of Pope states that in Binfield ‘he found the perfect environment for the studies which would lay the foundation for his literary career, and more widely instil in him the particular outlook that characterized his views on life – including politics.’

When he was forced to leave, he wrote to his friend, Thomas Parnell: ‘Binfield, alas! is no more and the Muse is driven, from those forests of which she sung, the Day may shortly come, when your Friend may too literally apply nos Patriae fines, & dulcia linquimus arva when he may look back with regret, on the Paradise he has lost, and have only the consolation of poor Adam ‘The world lies before him, where to chuse / His place of rest, and Providence his Guide.’’

(letter of 8 March 1715) [The Latin is from Virgil’s Eclogues and can be translated: ‘We are leaving our country’s bounds and sweet fields’; the consolation of poor Adam alludesto and quotes from the end of Milton’s Paradise Lost.]

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