The Rape of the Lock is a Mock Epic

Discuss The Rape of the Lock is a Mock Epic.

Generally, mock epic is a little different from an epic. According to Maynard Meck, Epic poems are the poems which deal with man in his lofty aspects. Their action is important, personages are dignified and style is elevated. The Rape of the Lock is one of the famous mock epics like the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and Paradise Lost.

Mostly, the mock-epic is a poetic form which uses the epic structure but on a miniature scale and has a subject that is cruel and minor. Continue reading

Summary of The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope

Summary of The Rape of The Lock (shortly)

                 Canto 01 

The Rape of the Lock begins with a passage outlining the subject of the poem and invoking the aid of the muse. Then the sun (“Sol”) appears to initiate the leisurely morning routines of a wealthy household. Lapdogs shake themselves awake, bells begin to ring, and although it is already noon, Belinda still sleeps. She has been dreaming, and we learn that the dream has been sent by “her guardian Sylph,” Ariel. Continue reading