In what ways is Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" a mock epic?

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Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" (1712; 1714) is based on an actual incident in which Lord Petre took some scissors and snipped a bit of hair from Miss Arabella Fermor, an action which caused a considerable about of outrage among the aristocratic society in London, particularly the Roman Catholic aristocrats.  A friend of Pope's, John Caryll, suggested that he calm the waters by creating a poem.  Pope answered the challenge with the greatest mock-epic in English literature.

The mock epic essentially treats a trivial matter, in this case, the snipping of a lock of hair, and the inconsequential participants (two minor aristocrats) in the heroic style of a classical epic.  Pope was particularly suited for this because he had translated both The Odyssey and The Aeniad , and was completely familiar with all the...

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