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  • Subject Of Pope's Writing
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    Alex's Analysis of Any Abject Abuse The destruction of the grand style of the epic is just what Pope was after in his mock epic, 'The Rape of the Lock. ' Pope had no such universal goal, or moral pronouncements to make as did Milton. His purpose was merely to expose the life of the nobility of his time. While Milton chose blank verse to express the immensity of the landscape of his epic, Pope chose to utilize the heroic couplet to trivialize this grandeur. Pope's quick wit bounces the reader alo...
  • Proper Sort Of Muse For Epic Poetry
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    Alexander Pope's Rape of the Lock In this poem, Pope pokes fun at female vanity. Pope wrote Rape of the Lock expressly at the request of his friend, John Caryll, in an effort to make peace between real-life lovers. The incident of the lock of hair was factual; Pope's intention was to mix humor with the ill feelings aroused by the affair. He was, in fact, putting a minor incident into perspective, and to that end, chose a mock-heroic form, composing the poem as a parody of epic poetry, particular...
  • Lock Of Belinda's Hair
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    Context Alexander Pope was born in London in 1688. As a Roman Catholic living during a time of Protestant consolidation in England, he was largely excluded from the university system and from political life, and suffered certain social and economic disadvantages because of his religion as well. He was self-taught to a great extent, and was an assiduous scholar from a very early age. He learned several languages on his own, and his early verses were often imitations of poets he admired. His obvio...
  • Formal And Wordsworth
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    Key Differences Which Separate Pope from Wordsworth In comparing excerpts from Pope's "An Essay on Man" and Wordsworth's "Prospectus", I found many similarities and some key differences. Pope's lean toward the more structured and confined, and Wordsworth's lean towards the informal and original. These differences are what separate the styles of both poets and make Pope "regular" or formal and Wordsworth "irregular" or unique. Both poems are done in iambic pentameter; however, Pope's is rhymed wh...
  • Epic Assists Pope
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    "The triumph of the Baron's rape is in exactly the same high language as it would be if he were Hector". In The Rape of the Lock, Pope uses the mock-epic style to satirist the seriousness with which a trivial misdemeanour (the theft of a few strands of hair) and the ways of gender polarised society can be blown beyond all sense of proportion. Thus the male mentality, through the Baron, is portrayed as lacking depth or personality beyond that required to achieve its ends; men objectify and devise...
  • Rape Of The Lock
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    Anne Finches Opposition To The Rape Of Anne Finches Opposition To The Rape Of The Lock Anne Finch's Opposition to The Rape of the Lock The Restoration Period (1660-1700) was a period of social, political and philosophical turmoil, which laid the foundation for future centuries. This period was marked by an advance in colonization and trade and by the birth of the Whig and Tory parties. In poetry, works of Alexander Pope and Anne Finch and a number of other poets distinguishes the Restoration. Bu...

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