Walsh, the last of the critics mentioned, was a mentor and friend of Pope who had died in 1708.
An Essay on Criticism was famously and fiercely attacked by John Dennis, who is mentioned mockingly in the work.
He also uses imagery to illustrate the contrast between his organized, type A persona and the abstract art he eventually creates.
One such example is “the whiteness of the background” on his sketchbook being “meticulously preserved” but yet “marred by the frenzied strokes of my instructor's charcoal.” Nevertheless, imagery alone does not provide the concrete, powerful narrative found in Bobby’s essay.
An Essay on Criticism is one of the first major poems written by the English writer Alexander Pope (1688–1744).
It is the source of the famous quotations "To err is human, to forgive divine," "A little learning is a dang'rous thing" (frequently misquoted as "A little knowledge is a dang'rous thing"), and "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." It first appeared in 1711 that many of the poem's ideas had existed in prose form since at least 1706.
But I have drawn—rather, lived—in this studio for most of my past ten years.
I suppose this is strange, as the rest of my life can best be characterized by everything the studio is not: cleanliness and order and structure.
One of the most powerful appeals of the essay is that it represents a coming-of-age story that echoes the Bildungsroman literary sub-genre, in which characters evolve psychologically from youth to adulthood during the story.
Indeed, not only does this essay document Bobby’s development from child to young adult, but Bobby’s art also matures from something orderly and superficial to something abstract and deeply meaningful.