Homer :Ancient Greek poet is best
known as the author of the Iliad
and the Odyssey. He was the
inventor of Epic poetry & believed
by the ancient Greeks that he was
the first and greatest of the western
Master Storyteller in the Age of Myth
Alexander Pope was an 18th-
century English poet best known
for his epic poem, “The Rape of the
Lock”, and his translation of
21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744
He was born in 21 May 1688 – 30
May 1744) . He is best known for
his satirical verse & Famous for his
use of the heroic couplet.
Epic poetry is from of the human age of
expansion. It sings the tales from our distant
past of heroism and ferocity, where the roots of
civilization were sewn.
What is Mock Heroic?
A mock epic, or mock heroic, poem imitates
the elaborate form and ceremonious style of
the epic genre, and applies it to a common
place or trivial subject matter, for which this
style is not appropriate & this leads to the comic
effect of the poem Imitating the style of heroic
poetry in order to satirize an unheroic subject, as
in Pope's The Rape of the Lock
The mock heroic style is related to the mock-epic, in which the
style of a poem emulates the formal properties of epic poetry to
a comic purpose. In the mock-epic form.
The poem tends to be long, and divided into cantos, like
The conventions of the epic, such as formal invocations, epic
similes, and detailed description of battles, are ridiculed.
A mock-epic poem uses the elevated form
and style of the epic genre to deal with a
trivial subject. In "The Rape of the Lock"
(1714), Alexander Pope satirizes the
seriousness with which friends in his circle
treated a breach of manners at a social
gathering. The crime (the illicit cutting of a
lock of hair) is recounted in epic style;
conventions such as the arming of the hero,
deeds of battle, and the intervention of the
gods are applied to the heroine putting on
makeup, winning at cards, and having her
beauty guarded by very serious sylphs.