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
A funny battle between sexes and follies of a young ladyAbout Alexander Pope
※ Expanded “The Rape of the Lock” in 1714
※Translated Iliad and Odyssey into English
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 lockCanto 4
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
Renders a trivial subject ridiculous by treating it with the elaborate (Karl 31).
Compare small things with something great.Mock Epic