in dark clouds of mystery. The last lines therefore show the poet resigned
To live or die, why should I not submit? Or why delay my death or hasten it? Since all is guided by his boundless will...
In the same year Sir R. Howard's stoical indifference makes him mention the love-sick suicide's death without condemnation in The Fear of Death.
Scorned love to death as to a refuge flies.J)
A classical case of the fatal effect of melancholy on women is referred to by Hughes, in 1711, (Speet. 231): "the place or time" which he could not remember had been mentioned in Montaigne's Essays (II, 3) : "A Custom of the Isle of Cea."
In 1716 "Mr. Dryden's" poem The Despairing Lover was reprinted, and the anonymous poem On Solitude published with a romantic description of the suicide of the disappointed lover.
Pope's Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady p. 1717, gave rise to a discussion about the position he took up with regard to the moral estimation of suicide. The Rev. Croly, 1835, states that the opiruons of the biographers on the moral of the poem are most distinct, 'they ahnost universally charge Pope with the defence of suicide." The time in which S. Johnson hved and the prevalence of suicide then, in my opinion, explains the violence of his attack on Pope's work : "poetry has not often been wörse employed than in dignifying the amorous fury of a raving girl." A. W. Ward, 1869, opines that Dr.Johnson's accusation ....would remain unwarranted." Personally I beheve that Pope shows the deist's wavering. His questions
DhliJl??ly, £,e.^hole °f si«y-four pages of An Apology for the £S> ^ AWnt\n&, tfr Ckero' in a t0 the Translator by Henry
DodweU London, 1701/2 form a defence of Cato's suicide, from the pagan pomt of view But, says the learned author, «this Doctrine of Plato's Phaedon ^ Si* ^gh ï Cadd ** defended» I doubt, whether it would excuse 3?„y °ï,^e suiciders ofrour Present age," for "the moderns" generally commit the act for love, for fear, for worldly disappointments, and these kreSl innfad b/ the P™^5 ?f PhaedS^The depressed state of DodweU's rS appears from the closmg lines of the Apology. u