Description[ edit ] The poem satirises a small incident by comparing it to the epic world of the gods. It was based on an actual event recounted to the poet by Pope's friend, John Caryll. Arabella Fermor and her suitor, Lord Petrewere both from aristocratic recusant Catholic families, at a time in England when, under such laws as the Test Actall denominations except Anglicanism suffered legal restrictions and penalties. For example, Petre, being a Catholic, could not take the place in the House of Lords that would otherwise have been rightfully his.
Say what strange Motive, Goddess! And lodge such daring Souls in Little Men? This to disclose is all thy Guardian can.
Beware of all, but most beware of Man! Bright as the Sun, her Eyes the Gazers strike, And, like the sun, they shine on all alike. Then prostrate falls, and begs with ardent Eyes Soon to obtain, and long possess the Prize: Snuff, or the Fan, supply each Pause of Chat, With singing, laughing, ogling, and all that.
Led off two captive Trumps, and swept the Board.
That long behind he trails his pompous Robe, And of all Monarchs only grasps the Globe? An Ace of Hearts steps forth: He springs to Vengeance with an eager pace, And falls like Thunder on the prostrate Ace.
What Wonder then, fair Nymph! Two Handmaids wait the Throne: Belinda burns with more than mortal Ire, And fierce Thalestris fans the rising Fire. But by this Lock, this sacred Lock I swear, Which never more shall join its parted Hair, Which never more its Honours shall renew, Clipt from the lovely Head where late it grew That while my Nostrils draw the vital Air, This Hand, which won it, shall for ever wear.
He spoke, and speaking, in proud Triumph spread The long-contended Honours of her Head. See the poor Remnants of these slighted Hairs! These, in two sable Ringlets taught to break, Once gave new Beauties to the snowie Neck.
Oh hadst thou, Cruel! Canto V She said: In vain Thalestris with Reproach assails, For who can move when fair Belinda fails? To patch, nay ogle, might become a Saint, Nor could it sure be such a Sin to paint.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.
“Rape of the Lock”, a mock-epic. Mock-epic, also known as mock-heroic poetry is a juxtaposition of trivial subject matter and grandeur epic style. The use of this supernatural machinery in The Rape of the Lock considerably heightens the mock epic effects of the poem.
An outstanding mock-heroic element in the poem is the comparison between the arming of an epic hero and Belinda’s dressing herself and using cosmetics in order to kill.
Rape of the lock a mock heroic epic poem 1. Alexander Pope wrote this particular poem with the sole purpose to satirize and end an absurd quarrel between two families which centered around the obsession of cutting off a lock of hair.
Pope’s The Rape of the Lock is a noted example of the Mock-Heroic style; indeed, Pope never deviates from mimicking epic poetry such as Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid. The short answer is that "The Rape of the Lock" is both mock epic and mock-heroic epic.
Mock epic and Mock-heroic epic are often considered the same thing. Pope's subtitle is "An Heroi-Comical.