In "The Rape of the Lock," by Alexander Pope, what are the elaborate descriptions of weapons and battle?    

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In Canto 3, Belinda joins a pair of gentleman for a card game which uses battle imagery.  For example, the cards are like soldiers who "Draw forth to Combat on the Velvet Plain," the velvet plain being the table cloth. 

Using couplets such as "His warlike Amazon her Host invades, Th' Imperial Consort of the Crown of Spades," Pope extends the battle metaphor which also heightens the conflict between Belinda and Lord Petre. 

Later also in Canto 3, Clarissa gives her scissors, "A two-edg'd Weapon from her shining Case" to Lord Petre, an action romanticized by Pope as:

 "So Ladies in Romance assist their Knight,
Present the Spear, and arm him for the Fight."

As Petre gloats about his victorious capture of the hair, he compares his victory to that of the decimation of Troy:

"Steel cou'd the Labour of the Gods destroy,
And strike to Dust th' Imperial Tow'rs of Troy.
Steel cou'd the Works of mortal Pride confound,
And hew Triumphal Arches to the Ground."

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