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About the Author: Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope is generally regarded as the greatest English poet of the eighteenth century, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer He is the third most frequently quoted writer in the English language, after Shakespeare and Tennyson Pope was a master of the heroic couplet.



10 thoughts on “The Rape of the Lock

  1. says:

    SHE said the pitying Audience melt in Tears,But Fate and Jove had stopp d the Baron s Ears.In vain Thalestris with Reproach assails,For who can move when fair Belinda fails Not half to fixt the Trojan cou d remain,While Anna begg d and Dido rag d in vain.Then grave Clarissa graceful wav d her Fan Silence ensu d, and thus the Nymph began Say, why are Beauties prais d and honour d most,The wise Man s Passion, and the vain Man s Toast Why deck d with all that Land and Sea afford,Why Angels call d, and Angel like ador d Why round our Coaches crowd the white glov d Beaus,Why bows the Side box from its inmost Rows How vain are all these Glories, all our Pains,Unless good Sense preserve what Beauty gains That Men may say, when we the Front box grace,Behold the first in Virtue, as in Face Oh if to dance all Night, and dress all Day,Charm d the Small pox, or chas d old Age away Who would not scorn what Huswife s Cares produce,Or who would learn one earthly Thing of Use To patch, nay ogle, might become a Saint,Nor could it sure be such a Sin to paint.But since, alas frail Beaut...


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    I ve always believed that miracles can happen and that great physical and or mental suffering can engender greatness This indeed proved to be the case with this splendid work by Alexander Pope.I find Pope a fascinating individual He was a catholic, at a time when legislation was repressive with regard to this religion he was practically self educated, a semi invalid all his life, in fact he contracted Pott s disease, a tubercular affection of the bones, which may have been transmitted through his wet nurses milk, or through unpasteurized cow s milk He also suffered from asthma and headaches, and his humpback was a constant target for his critics in literary battles Pope was called a hunchbacked toad In middle age he was 4ft 6in tall and wore a stiffened canvas bodice to support his spine, which twisted like a question mark. Also being a catholic he knew that he could never attend university and so he spent many hours reading and writing in his father s library during his youth.And yet despite all of this, he was driven on with his dream to become a great poet on a par with Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer and Spenser and a satirical one at that and by sheer doggedness and determination he achieved that with this masterpiece.Pope was desperate for fame and his opportuni...


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    At ev ry Word a Reputation dies The Battle of the Beaux and Belles by Aubrey BeardsleyOne of the wittiest poems ever written, The Rape of the Lock first published in 1712 makes good natured fun of a real life situation a 21 year old Baron, Lord Robert Petre, rudely snipped off of a lock of hair from Arabella Fermor, a lovely young lady of his acquaintance, without her consent Arabella was incensed the situation wasn t helped when Lord Petre went and married someone else the next year , and the fall out was causing a feud between their two prominent families Alexander Pope s friend John Caryll suggest that Pope write a humorous poem about the event, in the hope that it would help everyone involved to lighten up I m not sure he succeeded there, but this poem did make a lot of other people extremely happy.What dire Offence from am rous Causes springs, What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things, I sing This Verse to Caryll, Muse is duePope wrote a mock epic version of the story, with Arabella or Belle renamed as Belinda Say what strange Motive, Goddess could compelA well bred Lord to assault a gentle Belle Oh say what stranger Cause, yet unexplored,Could make a gentle Belle reject a Lord The poem follows the elaborate epic literary traditions of classics like The Iliad ...


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    How to Write Poetry like Pope Poetry looks hard, but it s really not It is an art that has been largely forgot.So hear me now to me bend your ear The ideal pupil makes his mind a mirror.I will lay steps, the mystery unfoldThings long known, though never grow they old.First of all, the grammar you must change The normal order of words, you rearrange.The verb at the end, you can put Really, it s easier than it looks Then sweet sounding symmetries you find Put the last before, the first behind.Once in a while you may a word elide That is, if the meaning is strong enough implied Aphorisms next, you must create.Something witty, snappy but don t prateAbout morals and good conduct simply sayWhat no one else can better simply playWith words, shaking them, until a phraseComes out, like how Jackson Pollock paints.A good metaphor is next a good symbolIs to poetry what to sewing is a thimble Well, that wasn t very good, but I suspectYou get the idea So what s next One can an abstract image personify What is a Muse but inspiration disguised Clothe a concept in a fleshy robeSo she can walk and dance in your poemLike a goddess Speaking of which,Mythology is as useful as Hephaestus sGift to was Achilles...


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    Compared to the Nineteenth Century s Romantic movement and the Seventeenth s Shakespeare and Milton, the Eighteenth has always felt a veritable void to me There was a little bit going on in France with Diderot and Voltaire, and some minor British works by Swift and Defoe, but by and large, Eighteenth Century literature is Fielding and Pope.He began his inimitable wit and wordly mastery with An Essay on Criticism when he was only 21 It was a varied, vivid exploration of what makes writing good, and includes such oft quoted lines as To err is human, to forgive divine , A little learning is a dangerous thing , and fools rush in where angels fear to tread.Four years later he added his contribution to the Epic Tradition with The Rape of the Lock One of the reasons that this was a slow century for literature was that it was a century obsessed with the superficial Like all great Epicists before him, Pope captured the spirit of his age, but in this case, instead of capturing it in a broad net of climactic action, beautiful language, and political posturing, he speared it with an acerbic tongue.His epic was a small one, but just as Milton reinvented the genre by replacing the hero with the villain, Pope revolutionized the genre by replacing the epic with the everyday His lampooning of the high nobility and their self importance allied him literarily with his contemporaries, such as Voltaire, who all prefigured the ...


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    Light hearted and satirical, I feel the whole point of Alexander Pope for writing this poem was to portray the pettiness and shallowness of the society and time he was living inthe Restoration period, a time when society gave importance to physical beauty and material ...


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    On re reading Ooooh, I do love me a good satire I don t think I was as familiar with mythology during any of my previous readings, so I definitely picked up on allusions this time through the mock epic.For those unfamiliar, this treats, in epic terms heroic couplets and all , a most tragic event that happened to a young lady a bold Baron covertly cuts a lustrous lock of her hair I picture our heroine, Belinda, with her cherubic face and heavenly hair looking something like this which would make it understandable for her to lament Forever cursed be this detested day, Which snatched my best, my...


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    The Rape of the Lock is a humorous indictment of the vanities and idleness of 18th century high society Basing his poem on a real incident among families of his acquaintance, Pope intended his verses to cool hot tempers and to encourage his friends to laugh at their own folly.The poem is perhaps the most outstanding example in the English language of the genre of mock epic The epic had long been considered one of the most serious of literary forms it had been applied, in the classical period, to the lofty subject matter of love and war, and, recently, by Milton, to the intricacies of the Christian faith The strategy of Pope s mock epic is not to mock the form itself, but to mock his society in its very failure to rise to epic standards, exposing its pettiness by casting it against the grandeur of the traditional epic subjects and the bravery and fortitude of epic heroes Pope s mock heroic treatment in The Rape of the Lock underscores the ridiculousness of a society in which values have lost all proportion, and the trivial is handled with the gravity and solemnity that ought to be accorded to truly important issues The society on display in this poem is one that fails to distinguish between thing...


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  10. says:

    It is a masterpiece of satire in English literature.


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