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Sites about The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-Comical Poem

by Alexander Pope

Pope's mock-heroic poem about an incident in which a lord cuts off a lock of a lady's hair.

Characters: Belinda, Clarissa, Sir Plume, Umbriel, assorted sylphs, sylphids, fays, faeries, genii, elves, daemons
Keywords: hair, violation

Critical sites about The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-Comical Poem

A Key to the Lock
http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~sconstan/keylock.html
"Written in 1715 by Pope (using the pseudonym Esdras Barnivelt), this humorous interpretation of The Rape of the Lock serves as a warning to critics not to take the poem too seriously. In the Key Pope exposes his own poem as a dangerous political allegory (Belinda represents Great Britain, the Lock represents the Barrier Treaty...). The Key also shows Pope trying to placate Sir George Brown (the original for Sir Plume, Sir George was none too happy with the role he played in the poem) by indicating there were at least two possible originals for Sir Plume. "
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Alexander Pope
Keywords: author's self-comentary
 
To the Victor Goes the Spoils: Pope's Ideology of Violation in "The Rape of the Lock"
http://www.well.com/user/sch/pope.html
"Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock' creates a dilemma for readers and critics alike. While it is an enduring work of art, encompassing mastery of the heroic couplet with humor and insight, it nonetheless inscribes an ideology of violation. Pope's masterpiece, while on one level sympathetic toward the lack of women's opportunities in a patriarchal society, on the other, perpetuates the commodification of women and, in doing so, violates the reader as well, by including the reader as an implied accomplice to the rhetoric of misogyny."
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
Author: Scott C. Holstad
From: Fiction and Drama
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Other (non-critical) sites about The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-Comical Poem

Occasion for the Poem
http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~sconstan/event.html
This article explains the circumstances that may have prompted Pope to write "The Rape of the Lock".
Contains: Historical Context
Author: S. Constantine
Author: S. Constantine
Keywords: Arabella
 
Recent articles on The Rape of the Lock
http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~sconstan/offlineref.html
This is a bibliography of recent journal articles about "The Rape of the Lock".
Author: S. Constantine
Author: S. Constantine
Keywords:
 

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