Alexander pope is one of the premiere satirists in the english language, and the rape of the lock is his crowning achievement here, pope writes. At the beginning of the rape of the lock, pope identifies the work as a “heroi- comical poem” today, the poem—and others like it—is referred to as a mock- epic and sometimes as a mock-heroic such a work parodies the serious, elevated style of the classical epic poem—such as the iliad or the odyssey, by homer—to. The rape of the lock (text) had its origins in an actual, if trivial, incident in polite society: in 1711, the twenty-one year old robert, lord petre, had, at binfield, had surreptitiously cut a lock of hair from the head of the beautiful arabella fermor, whom he had been courting arabella took offense, and a schism developed. Definition of the-rape-of-the-lock in oxford advanced learner's dictionary meaning, pronunciation, picture, example sentences, grammar, usage notes, synonyms and more. Based on an actual incident and written to reconcile the families that had been estranged by it, the rape of the lock recounts the story of a young woman who has a lock of hair stolen by an ardent young man pope couches the trivial event in terms usually reserved for incidents of great moment—such as the quarrel. The rape of the lock is a mock-heroic narrative poem written by alexander pope one of the most commonly cited examples of high burlesque, it was first published anonymously in lintot's miscellaneous poems and translations (may 1712) in two cantos (334 lines) a revised edition written by mr pope followed in march. The rape of the lock is a'heroi-comical' mock-epic poem written by alexander pope the central character in the poem is belinda, a young woman from the english aristocracy who, up until the events of the poem, has led a carefree life of leisure and maintained a good reputation belinda is.
In his legendry mock-epic poem, 'the rape of the lock,” alexander pope, gives a fantastic narrative of stealing a lock of hair of the heroine, namely belinda. At a glance in the rape of the lock, the baron cuts off a lock of belinda's hair this act symbolizes a loss of chastity and virginity, and belinda, who didn't consent to this, is rightfully offended both she and her brother attempt to retrieve the lock it later flies off into space, never to be seen again belinda has a dream. Madam the rape of the lock pg 7bjpg t will be vain to deny that i have ſome value for this piece, ſince i dedicate it to you yet you may bear me witneſs, it was intended only to divert a few young ladies, who have good senſe and good humour enough, to laugh not only at their sex's little unguarded. The reversal of gender in the rape of the lock ralph cohen duke university pope focuses most of the attention of his heroic-comical poem on its heroine rather than its hero, and his prejudicial treat- ment of the poem's other women over their male counterparts echoes this central imbalance belinda.
[editor's note: there are a few historical facts which, if you know them before reading this poem, will probably make the reading more enjoyable to avoid cluttering the text with links, i have consolidated this information into a single page, notes on the rape of the lock]. The rape of the lock opens with a brief letter from pope to the poem's real-life subject, arabella (belle) fermor in the letter, he explains why he wrote the poem in the first place, the circumstances that led him to publish it, and why he dedicates it to arabella with canto i, the official story begins here we meet belinda, the.
The poem the rape of the lock which is considered to be one of the masterpieces of pope is the blend of burlesque, witty, humorous, ironic, and morality, which is rare in english poetry, was published in 1712. When lord petre had the effrontery of cutting off a lock of lady arabella fermor's hair, a veritable war erupted between the two noble families a mutual friend, saddened by their estrangement, asked alexander pope, then a young poet, to write a poem about it, in order to make a joke of it and “laugh them together again. Author: pope, alexander, 1688-1744 title: the rape of the lock: an heroi-comical poem in five canto's written by mr pope publication info: ann arbor, michigan: university of michigan library 2007 january availability: to the extent possible under law, the text creation partnership has waived all copyright and related or.
Miscellany (bernard lintot, may 1712) revised in alexander pope's the rape of the lock (march 2, 1714) facs edn: scolar press, 1970 pr 3629a1 1970 trin further revised in alexander pope, works (london: w bowyer for bernard lintot, 1717) e-10 884 and e-10 885 and e-10 3947 and e-10 3938 fisher rare. Reception, and the rape of the lock, and richardson thomas keymer perhaps the cleverest of the spate of burlesques, adaptations and critiques of pamela launched by fielding's shamela in april 1741 was a late intervention in the quarrel parnela: or, the fair impostor a poem, in five cantos by j- w-.
Introduction on march 4, 1714, bernard lintot published alexander pope's the rape of the lock in five cantos in addition to a title page in red and black, lintot had accommodated the expense of a frontispiece and a plate for each of the five cantos, along with headpieces, initial letters, and a tailpiece this was highly.
Home → sparknotes → poetry study guides → rape of the lock the rape of the lock alexander pope table of contents context characters summary analysis: themes and form summary and analysis canto 1 canto 2 canto 3 canto 4 canto 5 study questions quizzes suggestions for further reading. Read the full text of the poem the rape of the lock. Alexander pope described the rape of the lock as 'very like tickling' peter ackroyd celebrates a brilliant artifice. Plan section i : background reading[link] a the social and literary scene[link] b approaches to 18th century poetry[link] section ii : bibliographies[link] section iii : some editions of the rape of the lock [link] section iv : biographies and letters[link] a biographies[link] b letters[link] section v : studies on pope - mainly.