The Rape of the Lock. Alexander Pope. Mock epic. “The Rape of the Lock” is one of the most well-known mock epics in the English language.
In Canto II, during a boat ride on the Thames, an adventurous baron admires Belinda’s hair and is determined to cut two locks from her head and keep them as a prize. Aware of the baron’s desires, Ariel urges the spirits to protect Belinda.