Alexander Pope's "The Rape Of The Lock"



Alexander Pope adds a little twist to the typical epic poem in his poem The Rape of the Lock. Pope uses the characteristics of the traditional epic poem. He uses Characteristics such as invoking a muse as well as the poem itself being a long narration. He also announces the theme as well as having his main character gain wisdom from a dream. Not to mention the greatest part of the epic poem the quest and battle. All of these are characteristics of an epic poem.
“This verse to Caryll, Muse! Is due:” is in the first paragraph of the poem. In this line Pope is calling for the help of a muse. Many poets ask for a muse’s help during the reading of a poem. This dates back to the times ...

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watch out for man because he will try to take her chastity. When Belinda awoke she thought deeply about what was said to her in her dream but then she forgot all about the lesson when she started to think about Baron. This is the gaining of wisdom aspect of the epic poem.
The greatest aspect of an epic poem is the quest and the battle. Pope uses both of these in a quite different manner in his poem. Baron is questing for the love of Belinda and his trophy a lock of her hair. This quest engulfs Baron’s life. All he can think about is conquering Belinda. Baron’s quest finally ended when he finally used a special weapon to achieve his goal. He used shears to cut a lock from the head of Belinda. The use of a special weapon is also an aspect of an epic poem. This also brings us to the battle characteristic of an epic poem. Not only is there a battle between the sexes that happens through out the poem, Belinda and Baron also battle over her lock. Baron wanted the lock and he ...

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Added: 1/18/2007 07:54:12 PM
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