Pope "Correlates inventiveness and moral point". How does he do this?answer in detail

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Pope uses the highly inventive idea of using the style of the mock epic in "Rape of the Lock" to satirize the idle youth of the upper class courtier set during the era of Queen Ann in the eighteenth century in England. He trivializes the trivial by making it into a parody of an epic battle between opposing forces that requires the intercession of the spirit world.  His moral point is that people should have better things to occupy their minds than merely primping (as in the case of young women) and collecting tokens of conquest from paramours (as in the case of young men).

His heroic couplets mock the upper classes as he ostensibly pretends to pacify them. Yet he is not mean in his satirizing. On the contrary, he is rather more gentle than he could be. He seeks to hold up a mirror to the rich in general and Arabella Fermor's family in particular, as if to say, "Don't you think we have better things to worry about?" 

He, perhaps, is demonstrating that rewards and riches on earth are not the most important things we should be seeking, but, instead, we might look at the idea of honor with which the authors of the epics he satirizes led their lives. 

Pope did translate Homer, so he was quite familiar with the epic and was able to incorporate all the elements of that genre into his "scolding" of the triviality of the rich.

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The Rape of the Lock

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