The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope. About Alexander Pope. ※Born in a Catholic family Suffered from prejudices Educated in Twyford. ※Moved to Binfield in 1700 Self-taught: “did nothing but read and write” Suffered from ill health: tuberculosis, asthma, and headaches.
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※Born in a Catholic
※Moved to Binfield in 1700
Self-taught: “did nothing but read and write”
Suffered from ill health: tuberculosis, asthma, and headaches
※Moved to Binfield in 1700
※Published An Essay on Criticism in 1711
First striking success as a poet
※Made friends with Jonathan Swift and John Gay
※Published an early version of “The Rape of the Lock” in 1712 (two cantos)
A funny battle between sexes and follies of a young lady
※ Expanded “The Rape of the Lock” in 1714
John Caryll’s suggestion to “pour poetic oils on these troubled waters” or
Hope that “a little laughter might serve to soothe ruffled tempers.”
Do not worry about trivial things!
※Translated Iliad and Odyssey into English
※Published The Dunciad in 1728
Became professional satirist
“Sleepless themselves to give their readers sleep”
※ Died on May 30, 1744
The “Age of Pope” ended
Belinda awakes from sleeping
The dream of Belinda
Belinda prepares for the day’s social activities
The travel on the Thames river
The prayer of the young adventurer Baron
The Sylphs’ mission to “tend the Fair”—to protect Belinda
Ariel—Shock, Belinda’s lapdog
fifty chosen Sylphs—the petticoat
The game of cards—ombre
The rape of the lock
Belinda’s Ill-Natured mood and Affection after the loss of the lock
Umbriel, the earthy gnome, descends to the Cave of Spleen
Thalestris’ speech rouses the rage of Belinda
Sir Plume bids in vain the payment of the lock
The battle of belles and beaux
The lock rises to the heaven and becomes a star
A long narrative poem
Elevated, grand style
Great heroes and heroines
The setting is vast in geographical range
The theme is usually the adventure of a hero or a war.
Invocate the Muse’s aid. (Calliope)
Ask epic question(s).
Begin with inmedias res.
Use epithets and similes.
Gods’ interference in human affairs.
A work designed to ridicule attitudes, style, or subject matter by handling either an elevated subject in a trivial manner or a low subject with mock dignity (Karl 30).
Renders a trivial subject ridiculous by treating it with the elaborate (Karl 31).
Compare small things with something great.
The Epic Question
Rhymed in every two lines.
Ten syllables in each line
Alternate with stressed and unstressed syllables