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Alexander Popes The Rape of the Lock engages the reader by telling the tale of a beauteous young woman who has been terribly wronged when an amorous suitor purloins a lock of hair He begins his tale with an introduction an apology of sorts to one Arabella FermorPope makes light of the fairer sex and indeed poets themselves as he states for the ancient poets are in one respect like many modern ladies let an action be never so trivial in itself they always make it appear of the utmost importance 492 In his web page titled The Mock Epic as Genre David Cody Associate Professor of English Hartwick College states the Mock-Epic is a literary form that burlesques the Classical epic by bringing the formulas characteristic of the epic to bear upon a trivial subject First published anonymously in Lintots Miscellany in May 1712 Alexander Popes The Rape of the Lockis a mock-epic which depicts vanity pride and the never ending battle between the sexes Pope engages the classic formulas of an epic to depict a tale of a great injustice the unforgivable theft of a single lock of hair The Rape of the Lock burlesques elements of the epic in a variety of manners The first elements encountered by the reader are the dream and the presence of supernatural beings but Zeus could not sleep For he was pondering how he could destroy crowds of men on the battlefield and cover Achilles with glory Homer writes It seemed to be the best plan to send a bad dream to King Agamemnon trans in WH D Rouse 23 Just as Homer chose to invoke thepower of the gods Alexander Pope chose to illuminate his tale with the presence of the Rosicrucians the Sylphs Gnomes Nymphs and Salamanders To each he has given the ability to call forth dreams or
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