Rape of teh Lock

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As the name indicates, the Mock-Epic is a literary form that burlesques the ‘classical epics’ by using characteristics of the epic -- the invocation of a deity, a formal statement of theme, the division of the work into books and cantos, grandiose speeches, battles and supernatural machinery- to reveal the ridiculousness of a certain subject. The main effect of employing techniques of an epic is, however, not so much to have fun with the epic, …

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…the drama but also the rest of humanity, including Pope himself and certainly his readers are somehow ridiculous and funny -- and tragic -- too. Thus, Pope has successfully taken the audience from epic poetry in form, to mock epic in reality. Pope has built on the epic form, presenting the audience with a satire of the rituals of courtship and sex, highlighting Belinda's wounded pride with the meaningless lives of the English upper class.