The Rape Of The Lock And Other Poems Pdf
The Rape of the Lock is a mock-heroic narrative poem written by Alexander Pope. One of the most commonly cited examples of high burlesque, it was first published anonymously in Lintot’s Miscellaneous Poems and Translations (May 1712) in two cantos (334 lines); a revised edition “Written by Mr. Pope” followed in March 1714 as a five-canto version (794 lines) accompanied by six engravings. Pope boasted that this sold more than three thousand copies in its first four days. The final form of the poem appeared in 1717 with the addition of Clarissa’s speech on good humor. The poem was much translated and contributed to the growing popularity of mock-heroic in Europe.
The Rape Of The Lock And Other Poems Summary
At the beginning of this mock-epic, Pope declares that a “dire offense” has been committed. A lord has assaulted a “gentle belle” (line 8), causing her to reject him. He then proceeds to tell the story of this offense. While Belinda is still asleep, her guardian Sylph Ariel forewarns her that “some dread event impends”. Belinda then awakes and gets ready for the day with the help of her maid, Betty. The Sylphs, though unseen, also contribute: “These set the head, and those divide the hair, some fold the sleeve, whilst others plait the gown” (146–147). Here the Pope also describes Belinda’s two locks of hair “which graceful hung behind”. The Baron, one of Belinda’s suitors, greatly admires these locks and conspires to steal one. Building an altar, he places on it “all the trophies of his former loves” (line 40), sets them on fire and fervently prays “soon to obtain, and long possess” (line 44) the lock.
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Name Of the Novel: The Rape Of The Lock And Other Poems
Author: Alexander Pope
Release date: (1688-1744)
Book Type: Pdf / ePub
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