Alexander Pope's An Essay On Man - Alexander Pope's An Essay On Man Alexander Pope's An Essay On Man is generally accepted as a wonderfully harmonious mass of couplets that gather a variety of philosophical doctrines in an eclectic and (because of its philosophic nature) antithetic muddle.
Lesson Summary. Alexander Pope published An Essay on Man in 1734. The poem is divided into four epistles and consists of heroic couplets, which are rhyming lines made up of five iambs. The poem.