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The Rape of the Lock

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What function does the poem’s supernatural machinery serve?

Is Pope being ironic when he treats Belinda’s beauty as something almost divine?

To what degree can the poem be read as a sexual allegory?

What are the distinctive formal features of Pope’s poetry?

How is the heroic couplet suited to Pope’s subject matter, or to satire more generally?