Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;"
Observing these innate contradictions in man, Pope comes to the conclusion that instead of the latent glory of man, he often becomes the object of jest and ridicule. The comment is like Hamlets, for Hamlet too had felt that man is at once the ‘Paragon of animals’ and ‘The quintessence of dust’ (Act II Scene II). But Pope adds that it is this coexistence of the contraries, the simultaneity of the opposites which make man such a mysterious being, an unsolvable puzzle a veritable ‘riddle’ . Thus even if the poem be not philosophy, the revealing psychology of mankind in general has been presented with such penetration & persuasive eloquence, enhanced with such brilliance of imagery and concatenation of sparking rhetorical devices, that the poem would continue to be read and the lines to be notable for years to come.