The Rape Of The Lock as a Mock Heroic Epic.

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      The Mock heroic epic is a poetic form which uses the Epic format, structurally based on miniature scale and as a subject that is mean or trivial.  The purpose of a mock heroic epic is always satirical. The poet of a Mock Epic makes the subject looks ridiculous by placing in a framework entirely inappropriate to its importance. A mock heroic Epic poem is generally not an satire on any particular person, but the target of the attack may be a person or persons, on institutions or whole of a society with the subject treated with trivial way.

The Mock heroic epic is a poetic form which uses the Epic format, structurally based on miniature scale and as a subject that is mean or trivial.
Mock Heroic Epic

      Alexander Pope's The Rape Of The Lock is considered one of the most successful mock epics ever written in English literary history. The central incident in the poem is nothing but the theft of a lock hair, and this trivial incident has been treated by Pope with a grand heroic dimension. Just like there are found meaning dignified grand heroic battles in all the grand heroic epics like Iliad by Homer, Aenied by Virgil and Paradise Lost by John Milton. So in the same way hope also incorporated heroic battles in his poem. But the battle which Pope describes is simply capital of cards and ombre which is strictly considered as an element of mock epic technique.

      The entire poem is constructed with the purpose of mocking satire on the contemporary fashionable society of 18th century England. An outstanding mock-heroic feature in the poem appears in the comparison between the arming of an epic hero and Belinda's dressing and her use of cosmetics in order to kill the Lords and gentlemen. The entire atmosphere is changed with the magnaminty of a true epic, but each and every situation has been handled trivially. We have the description of heroic battles though the cards, Pope adds an invocation at the beginning then there are included the supernatural creatures like Sylphs, Gnomes and Nymphs etc. All these elements have made The Rape Of The Lock a true intense of mock Heroic Epic poem.

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