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Though Pope never married, about this time, he became strongly attached to Lady M.
Montagu, whom he indirectly referenced in the popular poem Eloisa to Abelard, and to Martha Blount, with whom his friendship continued throughout his life.
The critic John Dennis, having located an ironic and veiled portrait of himself, was outraged by what he considered the impudence of the younger author.
Dennis hated Pope for the rest of his life, and, save for a temporary reconciliation, dedicated his efforts to insulting him in print, to which Pope retaliated in kind, making him the butt of much satire.
Pope's education was affected by the recently enacted Test Acts, which upheld the status of the established Church of England and banned Catholics from teaching, attending a university, voting, and holding public office on penalty of perpetual imprisonment.
Pope was taught to read by his aunt and went to Twyford School in about 1698/99.
With the idea of allaying this, Pope treated the subject in a playful and witty mock-heroic epic.