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The Rape of the Lock

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A satirical poem that intentionally over-dramatizes an incident in which a lock of a woman's hair is cut without her permission.
Paperback, 53 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Wildside Press (first published 1717)
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Huda Yahya
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, college-books
ألكساندر بوب الشاعر الإنجليزي الفذّ
في واحدة من أطرف وأجمل قصائده الساخرة
"اغتصاب خصلة الشعر"


والتي كان لي الحظ بدراستها

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القصيدة بنيت على
حادثة تافهة
حين قام لورد يدعى بيتر باقتطاع خصلة
من شعر إحدى النبيلات
وتدعي آرابيلا
فقامت الدنيا وقتها ولم تقعد
وكادت تحدث معركة كبرى بين الأسرتين

وفي هذه القصيدة يسخر بوب من المظاهر الجوفاء لحياة تلك الطبقات
وطريقة معيشتهم المثيرة للشفقة

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مقطعي المفضل من القصيدة
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SHE said: the pitying Audience melt in Tears,
But Fate and Jov
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Lynne King
I’ve always believed that miracles can happen and that great physical and/or mental suffering can engender greatness. This indeed proved to be the case with this splendid work by Alexander Pope.

I find Pope a fascinating individual. He was a catholic, at a time when legislation was repressive with regard to this religion; he was practically self-educated, a semi-invalid all his life, in fact he contracted Pott’s disease, a tubercular affection of the bones, which may have been transmitted through
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"At ev'ry Word a Reputation dies"
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"The Battle of the Beaux and Belles" by Aubrey Beardsley

One of the wittiest poems ever written, "The Rape* of the Lock" (first published in 1712) makes good-natured fun of a real-life situation: a 21 year old Baron, Lord Robert Petre, rudely snipped off of a lock of hair from Arabella Fermor, a lovely young lady of his acquaintance, without her consent. Arabella was incensed (the situation wasn't helped when Lord Petre went and married someone else the next year)
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J.G. Keely
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Compared to the Nineteenth Century's Romantic movement and the Seventeenth's Shakespeare and Milton, the Eighteenth has always felt a veritable void to me. There was a little bit going on in France with Diderot and Voltaire, and some minor British works by Swift and Defoe, but by and large, Eighteenth Century literature is Fielding and Pope.

He began his inimitable wit and wordly mastery with 'An Essay on Criticism' when he was only 21. It was a varied, vivid exploration of what makes writing goo
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Roy Lotz
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
How to Write Poetry like Pope

Poetry looks hard, but it’s really not;
It is an art that has been largely forgot.
So hear me now; to me bend your ear—
The ideal pupil makes his mind a mirror.
I will lay steps, the mystery unfold
Things long-known, though never grow they old.

First of all, the grammar you must change;
The normal order of words, you rearrange.
The verb at the end, you can put.
(Really, it’s easier than it looks.)
Then sweet-sounding symmetries you find;
Put the last before, the first behind.
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Adam Floridia
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
On re-reading:

Ooooh, I do love me a good satire. I don't think I was as familiar with mythology during any of my previous readings, so I definitely picked up on more allusions this time through the mock-epic.

For those unfamiliar, this treats, in epic terms (heroic couplets and all), a most tragic event that happened to a young lady: a bold Baron covertly cuts a lustrous lock of her hair. I picture our heroine, Belinda, with her cherubic face and heavenly hair looking something like this:

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which wo
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Manab
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manab by: Akanksha Chattopadhyay
Shelves: favourites, poetry
কবিতা একটা সমসযা আমার কাছে, এর একটা কারণ হইলো গিয়ে, কবিতার সংজঞা আমার কাছে পরিষকার না। এই বসতু এতবার চেহারা পালটাইছে, এতবার, আজকের দিনেই দেখেন না, শাহ মুহমমদ সগীরেরে কি আজকের আনদাজে কবি বলা যায়? বা এদানীং-এর কাউরে তখন টেনে নিয়ে গিয়ে যদি ছেড়ে দেই? এর চেয়ে গলপ নিয়ে, উপনযাস নিয়ে কথা বলা কত সহজ, তখনো মতানৈকয থাকে, থাকবে, কিনতু অনতত সপষট করে দেয়া যায় যে আমি কী ধরনের কাজ খুঁজি বা চাই, বা আমার চিনতার গতিপরকৃতি আদপে কী রকম।

রেইপ অফ দা লক আমি কিনলাম মনে হয় একটা পুরান বইয়ের দোকান থেকে এক সপতাহ হইছে কি হয় ন
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Garth
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Abubakar Mehdi
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is a masterpiece of satire in English literature.
Pink
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was okay, but a bit boring. Oh and also not at all what I thought it would be about! I guess I was concentrating more on the word 'rape' than 'lock'. My mistake.
Lada
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alexander Pope ( 1688-1744) is a clasical English poet. He lived in the age of classical values and predilections, pure beauty, grand style, the majestic castle Hampton court and its balls. In his Rape of the Lock he criticised false values of the conventional society of Queeen Anne's reign. He puts it to mock heroic parody, imitating heroic style only debasing it and treating it sneeringly. The verse is blankverse, typically English inheritance, which abounds in alliterations present from early ...more
Мартин Касабов
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"Поуп иронизира цялата ситуация с къдрицата и с много тънко чувство за хумор осмива трагедията на благородничката. Поетът използва идеите на розенкройцерството, обобщени за първи път в мистериозните манифести от 1614 г. Fama Fraternitatis и Confessio Fraternitatis, според които четирите елемента – въздух, земя, вода и огън – са обитавани съответно от четири вида духове – силфи, гноми, нимфи и саламандри. Чрез образа на силфите, Поуп обрисува една епична би
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Katie
I think I need to read this again. I didn't really get it. I yawned a lot.
Christine
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" was more light-hearted and entertaining than it was inspirational. A pop culture reference comes to mind with the comment from an American Idol judge who says to a talented singer, "you could sing the telephone book." I think that is exactly what Pope did. He is brilliant in his wordplay and elaborately cultivated metaphors, but I could care less about the topic of his satire. He espouses the injustice of women being seen and appreciated for their beauty a ...more
Jessica
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Pope's poetic narrative on an audacious hair-clipping had me laughing out loud. The idea and its execution are impressive. Pope inflates his subject until it crackles with irony; from the title to the hyper-indulgent descriptions, the effect is on point. The Rape of the Lock (preposterously) boasts a machinery of supernatural agents, references/adjustments to Milton and the Greeks - there's even an archetypical "descent." Beyond operating on a thematic level, I must add, Pope's heroic couplet th ...more
Holly
This didn't take me very long to read at all, and was a really interesting read! The imagery and the larger metaphors were really well done and made it an enjoyable read. t was rather funny in places as well, which definitely surprised me!

Once I've studied it next semester, I think I'll understand it better and have mor eto say about it. So I'll probably updated it then!
Carmen Movilă
Vengeance at its finest.
Huriyah
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Rape of the Lock is a freaking literary work of art. If you haven't read it already please do!
Ankita
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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P. Aaron Potter
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 18th-century
One of the most accessible of eighteenth-century poets, Pope here manages to trump his own heavier philosophical writings with what at first appears to be a bit of fluff, but which reveals quite a bit about contemporary views of identity and culture.

There's a lot to like here even on the surface, as our inept 'hero' tries to woo his lady fair and instead finds that, holy Battle of the Sexes, she is just not into him like that. Hilarity ensues.

But below that surface reading, take a gander at how
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Celena
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this lovely piece of satire.
The verse is both comical and beautiful, discussing the sylph's as "lucid" was magnificent as it means both light and clear.
(I love a double meaning)
The allegory of the 'underworld' symbolizing the human subconscious and our dreams was a really wonderful scene, very Alice and Wonderland-esque.
I read it for class and my prof really made it come alive for me.
I love the little trivial, frivolous world of society ladies and fop-ish gentlemen that Pope builds.
It was
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Erik Graff
May 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pope fans
Recommended to Erik by: Mr. Sileski
Shelves: poetry
We were ordered to read this thing in senior English. It was a bad choice. Perhaps our teacher thought we'd think it funny while appreciating how subtle our understanding had become by virtue of having read the classical sources which Pope imitates. Well, we could see how he was trying to be funny, but humor evolves with culture and no one laughed. Besides, the original intention of the poem was personal, referring to actual persons and events which might have meant something to his readership, ...more
Thomas
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
An entertaining mock-epic concerning women, wealth, and society. Pope's florid writing style concerning such a trivial subject - a woman having her hair cut off - emphasizes the themes within The Rape of the Lock, such as women's superficial facades in that time period. I gleaned more from discussion in class than I did while reading it on my own, so I would recommend reading about the poem's cultural context or talking about it with a friend, peer, teacher, or professor.
Oğuzcan Önver
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sinemada Mockumentary (belgesel adı altında dalgasını geçen fake belgesel) neyse şiirde de Moc-epic (destan yazar gibi dalga geçme) o. Bizde bu türün bir örneği yok ama Pope kesilen bir bukle üzerinden İlyada-Odessiayla aynı kurguyu kullanarak o dönemin soylu yaşantısıyla dalgasını geçiyor.

Pope hakkında şöyle diyorlarmış: şiirden nefret etmek için ya gerçekten nefret dolu olmanız ya da Alexander Pope okumanız gerekir.
Faith Bradham
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I hate Pope. And I can't stand The Rape of the Lock. I recognize that it's supposed to be funny and a mock epic, and see the humor value, but I just don't like it. I know that the language is ridiculous on purpose, and the main characters are repulsive by design, but I just can't handle it. I give it two stars because I *should* like it, haha.
Sarah
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what I expected with this poem, in the past I have struggled to read extended poetry however the lyricism and rhythm of this poem changed this for me. By far this is one of my favourite poems
Roya
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sure, I would've enjoyed it more if only I belonged to Pope's own literary circle - or I had a richer literary background. I regret the latter but feel no regrets at all for the former.
Heroic Couplet was delicious, though.
Nick Stengel
Oct 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
A fairly abusive use of the heroic couplet, an insipid subject even considering the treatment, and too long by far.
Sobia
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
haha, enjoyed it ! :D
Sachin
Jun 17, 2010 rated it liked it
A mock-heroic play giving insight into the high-class society of that time, which was constantly involved in petty things and was always troubled with and worried for the trivial affairs.
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Alexander Pope is generally regarded as the greatest English poet of the eighteenth century, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third most frequently quoted writer in the English language, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Pope was a master of the heroic couplet.
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