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The Rape of the Lock (Routledge English Texts) Paperback – 1 Jan 1971

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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (1 Jan. 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415039991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415039994
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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"Brilliant... triumphant. Never has so great a poem emerged from so trivial a cause" (Peter Ackroyd)

"One of the jewels of the Augustan age" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'[It is] a whimsical piece of work...a sort of writing very like tickling' Alexander Pope --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Nice little edition for study
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This was a required text for my university course, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as a poem. Very readable, and still relevant to modern society, despite cutting satire of eighteenth century London. The Vintage Classics edition contains beautiful illustrations and nice cover art.
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"The Rape of the Lock" (1714) is a major contribution to a long, on-going series of literary games played with tone and structure. Wherever the great epic poets of Greece and Rome have been prized a sort of reflex has generated parodial imitations. The language of Homer's "Odyssey" and "Iliad" and the "Aeneid" of Virgil is so serious about humanity and its destiny that it virtually defies the reader to remember that human life is as much concerned with very small things as it is with gods and men and the course of history. The Europe of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries could boast a wealth of writers quick to join the game of writing a mock epic. Italy's Alessandro Tassoni, for instance, wrote "La Secchia Rapita" (1622), in which the people of Bologna and Modena go to war over the theft of a bucket, squabbling in a mixture of heroic discourse and dialect. Similarly, the French Jacques Boileau produced "Le Lutrin" (1674) which relates the tale of a provincial quarrel over the position of a church lectern. In "An Essay on Criticism" (1711), Alexander Pope took a swipe at both Boileau and France when he wrote, 'The Rules, a Nation born to serve, obeys, /And Boileau still in Right of Horace sways'. If Boileau was France's Horace then, for Voltaire, "The Rape of the Lock" positioned Pope as 'the English Boileau'.
The subject of "The Rape of the Lock" was supplied by a contemporary cause célèbre. Lord Petre, a young Roman Catholic peer, had cut a lock of hair from Arabella Fermour. This apparently trivial act on the part of the zealous suitor caused dissention between their families and the Catholic establishment to which they, and Alexander Pope himself, belonged.
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Interesting read and has a good intro if you want context (especially good for uni assignment) ans author information. Nice cover art and quality print too x
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Wonderful explanatory notes of this amusing naughty mock-heroic poem.
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