AN­ALYSIS OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS
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The Rape of the Lock: how and why Alexander Pope uses classical and religious references to analyze his society
During the Augustan era - a literary period, which started after the end of the Restoration era, approximately 1690, and ended with the death of Alexander Pope in 1744 - a multitude of witty writers, including John Dryden, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson, gave birth to a new form of long verse narrative or mock epic, often satirical and always based on classical models.
Thanks to them, we can now enjoy reading Mac Flacknoe,Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, The Rape of the Lock and London, literary works with common features that are immediately recognizable and regularly studied: they satirize serious and elevated topics to expose human failings; they strive to achieve harmony and precision; they are all imitations of Roman, Greek or religious models.
This last characteristic is probably the first one every reader notices and, in my opinion, it’s the main aspect which connotes the Augustan poetry. When reading these works I couldn’t help thinking about how brave those authors had been by taking such milestones as the classical and religious literature and putting them upside down. I found it very hilarious to discover all the forms in which Dryden, Swift, Pope and Johnson deformed the classics to highlight the decadence of their society.
Some modern readers could easily argue that there is no innovation in this kind of works, that they are just intelligent patchworks of past masterpieces since they rely on forms and structures, which great poets like Horace, Virgil and Homer had already experimented and made large use of.
On the contrary, I’m sure that a closer look at these works, would unveil their grandeur. The purpose of my essay is to analyze what is, in my opinion, the most interesting of the above mentioned Augustan works, The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope, in an attempt to outline its classical and religious references, to make clear why the author imported them into this poem and how they contribute to the creation of such an original literary work.
I decided to analyze The Rape of the Lock because I see it as a very original story, which became a well-known literary work, besides its odd plot. The Rape of the Lock is a mock epic, first published in 1712 and then, in its final version in 1717, and for this reason, its elaborate formal structure is that of an epic poem.
Five cantos tell the story of a mock heroin, Belinda, who loses one of her beautiful hair locks at a party, because her suitor, the Baron, decides to cut it off for his own pleasure. The subject matter of the poem is trivial: it’s not a poem about war or love, as epic poems usually are, but the tone is high and serious. Lots of high references come from works which educated people of the 18th-century societ.....[read full text]
The episode of the rape of the lock, in fact, had really happened and the result was a dreadful row between these two prominent families. That’s why Caryll asked Pope to write about the lock episode: he wanted to use humor to reconcile the families. On the other hand, from a poetic point of view, it is highly unusual to read the name of a living human being in an invocation because the power to evoke was only in the hands of supernatural beings, but that’s another instrument that Pope uses to be ironical and to highlight the baseness of the topic.
Another aspect to take into account in this first part of the poem is that the action is based on a real event and that could have never happened in an epic poem, where the plot always centers around a hero who accomplishes feats no real human could, and who is partially divine or at lea.....