This is an epic, insightful and thought-provoking poem by the legendary Alexander Pope. It was first published in 1733, and, even though it's been almost 300 years, it's still as relevant as ever. It's some sort of a "guide", a vindication of the ways the Almighty works in and a handbook for us, the human beings.
The author is 100% sure that due to the fact that mankind can't fully understand God's will, we are to obey at all times and have no right to complain about his Creator. When the book was released, the English and later the whole European communities had a lot of praise for it and appreciated Pope's optimistic philosophy. The critics and the readers admired An Essay on Man and called it a must-have, an essential read for all the folks out there who want to do right by God and to follow his instructions.
Rarely does a book like that come out - one that explains complex things in a simple, understandable way, and that is exactly why this book became an international bestseller, even though it wasn't a thriller, a romantic comedy or anything like that. At the same time, An Essay On Man is exquisite and the writing style, the narrative and the "atmosphere" of it are top-notch.
It's beautifully-written, sublime, educational and inspiring. Voltaire, Kant and other big thinkers of the 18th and 19th centuries called this poem uplifting and encouraging. The author started working on his now-iconic book in 1729 and finished the 4th and the last epistle three years later, and, up until 1735, it was published anonymously, without Pope's name on it. At the end of the day, An Essay on Man is a must-read for people of all ages, races, and nationalities. Even if you're not a religious person, it will give you some piece of mind - guaranteed!