What techniques did Alexander Pope, John Dryden and Jonathan Swift use to write satire in the 18th century?
One way in which these writers and others in the 18th century used to write satire was through the mock heroic form of poetry. This is where the author deliberately uses the conventions and style of an epic poem such as Homer's The Odyssey but uses them to describe an event that is not at all important. This was something that Pope used to great effect in his masterful poem, The Rape of the Lock , which he wrote as a mock-epic to satirise the society of his time and in particular the great scandal that was created when a member of high society had a lock of her hair cut from her head without her...
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