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Literary Terms The Rape of the Lock as a Mock Heroic or Mock Epic Poem The epic is a narrative poem, of supposed divine inspiration, treating of a subject of great and momentous importance for mankind, the characters of the story being partly human and partly divine, and the language and style in which the incidents are related being full of elevation and dignity.
A mock-epic poem is supposed to be the inspiration of a Muse, the characters are partly human and partly divine, and the language is stilted and grandiose, but the subject is of a very frivolous and commonplace nature.
Pope called The Rape of the Lock a "heroi-comical poem", which is another name for a mock-epic. It belongs to the class of literature called "burlesque". A burlesque is a parody on a large scale, in which not a single poem, but a whole type of style of literature is parodied, the language and thought proper to a serious theme reproduced in setting forth something ridiculous or trivial.
Instead of grand passions and great fights between heroes in which the immortals take part, we have as the theme of The Rape of the Lock a petty amorous quarrel assisted by the spirits of the air. The epic portrays an age round the personality of a god or a semi-god, and its characters are heroes.
The Rape of the Lock, on the other hand, gives us a picture of a fashionable society. The central figure in that picture is a pretty society girl, and the other characters are a rash youth, a foolish dandy and a few frivolous women. Instead of deep and genuine passions as found in ancient epics, we come across a succession of mock passions in The Rape of the Lock.
Such a thing had taken place in reality. One lord Petre cut off a lock of hair from the head of Lady Arabella Fermor. This was the occasion of the composition of the poem.
Pope did give to the world a fine work of wit—the best mock-heroic poem in the English language, but we do not know whether the families were reconciled. The theme of the poem is suggested in the invocation, as in an epic poem, but the theme is ridiculously trivial, in comparison with the grand theme of an epic.
The action opens with a mock-heroic manner with the awakening of Belinda, the heroine of the poem. The poem is divided into Cantos like an epic poem, and there are ironic parallels to the main Incidents of the epic. The poem begins with an invocation in epic tradition: Belinda is in the divine care of the sylphs: But then the sylphs are fragile, airy beings and they are helpless before the caprices of men.
Despite all their concern for Belinda, her beautiful lock of hair is raped by the naughty Baron. The gnome, addresses the wayward Queen who rules the sex from fifteen to fifty, thus: These aerial spirits are small and insignificant things, and are, therefore, exactly in keeping with the triviality of the theme.
They guard the person of the heroine and when there is a fight between the followers of Belinda and those of the Baron; they take part in the fight, like the gods and goddesses in the Trojan War: In keeping with this practice Pope has introduced the episode of the game of Ombre which is described in great detail.
There is also the hazardous journey of Umbriel to the Cave of Spleen. Then there is the battle between the lords and ladies just like the battles in epic poetry.This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt Market.
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The opening of The Rape of the Lock establishes the poem’s mock-heroic tone. In the tradition of epic poetry, Pope opens the poem by invoking a muse, but rather than invoke one of the mythic Greek muses, Pope leaves the muse anonymous and instead dedicates the poem to John Caryll, the man who commissioned the poem.
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