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The Rape of the Lock
Transcript of The Rape of the Lock
Dost sometimes counsel take--and sometimes tea" (III.7-8)
"Not louder shrieks to pitying heaven are cast,
When husbands or when lapdogs breathe their last" (III.157-158) Some features of mock-epic:
diminution: "maidenhead is reduced to a lock
of hair and warfare to a game of cards"
"Belinda now, whom thirst of fame invites,/ Burns to encounter two adventurous knights./ At ombre singly to decide their doom,/ And swells her breast with conquests yet to come" (III. 25-28)
collapsing of differences of value and scale.
Notice that Belinda seems to make no distinction between the things on her dressing table: “Here files of pins extend their shining rows, / puffs, powders, patches, Bibles, billet-doux” (I.137-138) Heroic couplets are often seen as very formal and rigid. Is this the case with Pope's heroic couplets? How is he adapting the form? Quotes
While considering your quote, think about what Pope is saying about his culture, about gender and social class.
Also, consider how the quote reflect his style: mock-epic, heroic couplets, zeugma?