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Happy the man, whose wish and care/A few paternal acres bound/content to breathe his native air/In his own ground. (Alexander Pope) I wandered lonely(...)

William Congreve in 1709. Painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The writer William Congreve, who was born 350 years ago, began and ended life in England. But in between, he spent formative years in this country, th(...)

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the eradication of child sex abuse “from the face of the earth”, saying “behind this there is Satan.” Yet concrete measures he called for to combat it have amounted to relatively little. Photograph:  Handout/AFP/Getty Images

It was that other Pope, 18th century English poet Alexander Pope, who said: “words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense be(...)

“My fear of social media intensified as my eldest, and guinea pig, entered secondary school and her smartphone became an extension of her arm.” Photograph: iStock

“I’m so glad I grew up when I did and enjoyed living in the real world,” said my hubby in reference to the two bowed heads sitting beside him scrollin(...)

In a Word . . . Review

“A perfect judge will read each work of wit/With the same spirit that its author writ,” said one of my favourite Popes. I refer to Alexander Pope. Tha(...)