Reuben Arthur Brower, Alexander Pope: The Poetry of Allusion (Oxford: Clarendon P, 1959):

Dryden's most valuable gift to Pope was the creation of his generously allusive mode with all of its wider cultural implications. . . . With his shrewd flair for craft, Pope realized the principle within the mode, and possessing a finer responsiveness to the poetry of the past, both Classical and English, he enriched his satire with more subtle and more various kinds of reference. (12-13)