A short review of the rape of the lock a poem by alexander pope

When she demands that he restore the lock, however, it is nowhere to be found. Soft yielding minds to water glide away, And sip with Nymphs, their elemental tea.

These ladies learnt early in their life, how to roll their eyes and to blush in an intriguing manner. Careless of censure nor too fond of fame; Still pleased to praise, yet not afraid to blame; Averse alike to flatter, or offend; Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend. Pope was born on May 21, to a wealthy Catholic linen merchant, Alexander Pope, and his second wife, Edith Turner.

Madam, It will be in vain to deny that I have some regard for this piece, since I dedicate it to You. The poem from the beginning acquaints us with the idleness, late rising, and fondness for domestic pets of the aristocratic ladies. Nolueram, Belinda, tuos violare capillos; Sedjuvat, hoc precibus me tribuisse tuis.

Pope enjoys all the ivory and tortoiseshell, cosmetics and diamonds, expensive furniture, silver coffee service, fancy china, and light conversation— this was the world in which he moved attempting to find patronage for his poetry.

Petre, lusting after Arabella, had cut off a lock of her hair without permission, and the consequent argument had created a breach between the two families. The light coquettes in Sylphs aloft repair, And sport and flutter in the fields of air. Pope achieved diversity of style within the couplet by changing the position of the caesura or line break.

The Rape of the Lock: Canto 1

Her joy in gilded chariots, when alive, And love of ombre, after death survive. Coffee making ceremony is also ridiculed in the poem because of the extravagant importance that it receives at the cost of serious concerns of life. Summary The poem The Rape of the Lock which is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Pope is the blend of burlesque, witty, humorous, ironic, and morality, which is rare in English poetry, was published in He is recognized as a great formal master, an eloquent expositor of the spirit of his age, and a representative of the culture and politics of the Enlightenment.

The caesura moves around within each line, sometimes coming after four syllables and sometimes after seven. Pope is also remembered as the first full-time professional English writer, having supported himself largely on subscription fees for his popular translations of Homer and his edition of the works of William Shakespeare.

The Rosicrucians are the people I must bring you acquainted with. Belinda demands the restoration of her lock and another "battle" ensues. The poem brings out the varying vanities of the women. While playing a game of cards, the Baron sneaks up behind Belinda and perform the "tragic" snipping of the lock of hair.

However, the poem- ridicules the silly social manners of the aristocracy and deflates the elevated sense of importance in the affairs of wealthy ladies and gentlemen.

We see in this poem the elegance and the emptiness, the meanness and the vanity, the jealousies, treacheries and the intrigues of the social life of the eighteenth century; and Pope has shown himself as the spokesperson of his age.

The epic had long been considered one of the most serious of literary forms; it had been applied, in the classical period, to the lofty subject matter of love and war, and, more recently, by Milton, to the intricacies of the Christian faith.

Pope arguably satirises it from within rather than looking down judgmentally on the characters.

The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope: Critical Analysis

The fair and innocent shall still believe. Building an altar, he places on it "all the trophies of his former loves" line 40sets them on fire and fervently prays "soon to obtain, and long possess" line 44 the lock.

The speaker describes Belinda applying makeup as if she was a warrior going to battle.

Alexander Pope

Slight is the subject, but not so the praise, If she inspire, and he approve my lays. For spirits, freed from mortal laws, with ease Assume what sexes and what shapes they please. Say what strange motive, Goddess!

Advised by William Blake to make the sylphs like butterflies, Stothard decided to "paint the wing from the butterfly itself" and immediately went out to catch one. He expertly balanced the two lines, often using a slight pause at the end of the first line and a heavy stop at the end of the second line.

When Belinda discovers her lock is gone, she falls into a tantrum, while the Baron celebrates his victory.

A gnome named Umbriel now journeys to the Cave of Spleen and from the Queen receives a bag of "sighs, sobs, and passions, and the war of tongues" canto 4 line 84 and a vial filled "with fainting fears, soft sorrows, melting griefs, and flowing tears" line 85—86 and brings them to Belinda.

Yet, the poem also displays some fondness for the grace and beauty of that world.

The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope: Summary

When Florio speaks, what virgin could withstand, If gentle Damon did not squeeze her hand? Table of Contents Analysis: The word "canto" is derived from the Latin cantus or song; it originally signified a section of a narrative poem sung by a minstrel.

Here files of pins extend their shining rows, Puffs, powders, patches, bibles, billet-doux. The best account I know of them is in a French book called Le Comte de Gabaliswhich both in its title and size is so like a novel, that many of the fair sex have read it for one by mistake.

The Rape of the Lock

However, Pope was bright, precocious, and determined and, by his teens, was writing accomplished verse.The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope: Summary The poem The Rape of the Lock which is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Pope is the blend of burlesque, witty, humorous, ironic, and morality, which is rare in English poetry, was published in Pope was born on May 21, to a wealthy Catholic linen merchant, Alexander Pope, and his second wife, Edith Turner.

In the same year, the Protestant William of Orange took the English throne. 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 ) in two cantos ( lines); a revised edition "Written by Mr.

Pope" followed in March as a five-canto version ( lines) accompanied by six engravings. The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope: Critical Analysis The Rape of the Lock, originally published as The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-Comical Poemis a mock-epic based upon an actual disagreement between two aristocratic English families during the eighteenth century.

The Rape of the Lock is a humorous indictment of the vanities and idleness of 18 th-century high society. Basing his poem on a real incident among families of his acquaintance, Pope intended his verses to cool hot tempers and to encourage his friends to laugh at their own folly.

By Alexander Pope About this Poet The acknowledged master of the heroic couplet and one of the primary tastemakers of the Augustan age, Alexander Pope was a central figure in the Neoclassical movement of the early 18th century.

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