The Rape of the Lock
1. Discuss two mock-heroic elements of the poem.
2. What are some of the images that recur through the poem, and what significance do they have?
3. What function does the poem’s supernatural machinery serve?
4. Is Pope being ironic when he treats Belinda’s beauty as something almost divine?
5. To what degree can the poem be read as a sexual allegory?
6. What are the distinctive formal features of Pope’s poetry?
7. How is the heroic couplet suited to Pope’s subject matter, or to satire more generally?
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