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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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The Rape of the Lockby 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

About Alexander Pope


About Alexander Pope

※Moved to Binfield in 1700

  • Humpbacked and deformed


※Published An Essay on Criticism in 1711

First striking success as a poet

※Made friends with Jonathan Swift and John Gay

About Alexander Pope


※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

About Alexander Pope


About Alexander Pope

※ Expanded “The Rape of the Lock” in 1714

(five cantos)

  • A quarrel between two families

    ◎ Characters:

  • Lord Petre :Baron

  • Miss Arabella Fermor: Belinda


◎Background:

John Caryll’s suggestion to “pour poetic oils on these troubled waters” or

Hope that “a little laughter might serve to soothe ruffled tempers.”

◎Pope’s purpose:

Do not worry about trivial things!

About Alexander Pope


About Alexander Pope

※Translated Iliad and Odyssey into English

  • The first man to prove “Literature can raise writers.”


※Published The Dunciad in 1728

Became professional satirist

“Sleepless themselves to give their readers sleep”

About Alexander Pope


※ Died on May 30, 1744

The “Age of Pope” ended

About Alexander Pope


Summary


Belinda awakes from sleeping

The dream of Belinda

Belinda prepares for the day’s social activities

Canto 1


The travel on the Thames river

The prayer of the young adventurer Baron

The Sylphs’ mission to “tend the Fair”—to protect Belinda

Brillante—the earrings

Chrispissa—the locks

Ariel—Shock, Belinda’s lapdog

Momentilla—the watch

fifty chosen Sylphs—the petticoat

Canto 2


The game of cards—ombre

The rape of the lock

Canto 3


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

Canto 4


Clarissa’s speech

The battle of belles and beaux

The lock rises to the heaven and becomes a star

Canto 5


Epic

Mock epic

Structure

Writing Style


A long narrative poem

Elevated, grand style

Great heroes and heroines

The setting is vast in geographical range

Supernatural power

Epic, the Characteristics


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.

Epic Conventions


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.

Mock Epic


Epic/ Mock Epic


The Epic Question


Homeric Simile


Homeric Epithet


Heroic couplet

Rhymed in every two lines.

Iambic pentameter

Ten syllables in each line

Alternate with stressed and unstressed syllables

Structure


Mock Epic


Mock Epic


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