“To err [in teaching Pope] is [in]human!” In this handout the major ideas of Alexander Pope’s theory of literary criticism are examined with close explication of the major passages. Through this two-period fill-in-the-blanks handout, your students will ferret out by themselves, working alone or in dyads or triads, Pope’s common-sensical ideas about why a writer must “study Nature” and the best classical writers, rule-breaking in writing poetry, the nature of “wit,” the ten faulty ways to criticize a work of literature, and how sound and sense must merge in a great poem. You might choose to pass among the groups acting as a facilitator when requested. This handout is also suitable for homework, or its valuable information about Pope and his literary ideas may be used to supplement your own lecture notes. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.