Rape of the Lock

Alexander Pope

Rape of the Lock
Mint Editions
United States
1 December 2020

Rape of the Lock

Alexander Pope

The Rape of the Lock (1906) is an epic poem by English literary icon Alexander Pope. Known for his caustic wit and satirical outlook as much as he was for his formal expertise, Pope is arguably the most important English poet of the eighteenth century. His work influenced such figures as William Wordsworth, Samuel Johnson, and Jonathan Swift.

Drawing on his immense knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin literature, Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock is a mock epic which captures the essence of classical divinity and poetry while illuminating the absurdity and stupidity of English aristocratic life. The poem centers on a Baron's obsession with the hair of the beautiful socialite Belinda. Although her hair is protected by divine Sylphs, the Baron eventually succeeds, using a pair of scissors to snip off a lock of Belinda's hair. This throws the world of the poem into chaos-Belinda is outraged, and the divine creatures which move invisibly between worlds try their best to restore order to the universe. The poem culminates with a battle between Belinda and the Baron, mimicking the heroism and warfare of the best of Homer while casting a critical eye on the values of England's elite.

With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock is a classic of English literature reimagined for modern readers.

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