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Elements of Mock Epic

Ritchie Robertson

in Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199571581
eISBN:
9780191722356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571581.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores the relation of mock epic to earlier genres. It discusses Italian romance epic, especially Ariosto's Orlando furioso, showing how it represents sexual relations with more ... More


Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine

Ritchie Robertson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199571581
eISBN:
9780191722356
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571581.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 18th-century Literature

This is a study of a genre of poetry that flourished in English, French, and German literature from the early eighteenth to the mid‐nineteenth century. Although some of the texts discussed are ... More


Medleys

Matthew Bevis

in Wordsworth's Fun

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226652054
eISBN:
9780226652221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226652221.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

As previous chapters have shown, it’s not so much that “The Idiot Boy” is simply comic and “The Thorn” simply tragic, but that each poem--like The Prelude itself--is a medley. For all the differences ... More


Fielding: A Lifeworld of Books

Karin Kukkonen

in 4E Cognition and Eighteenth-Century Fiction: How the Novel Found its Feet

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190913045
eISBN:
9780190913076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190913045.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter investigates how Sarah Fielding develops the kind of writing that leads readers to engage with the novel in a mode of reading that is both immersed and reflective. It traces this project ... More


‘Adventurous Song’: Samuel Butler, Abraham Cowley, Katherine Philips, John Milton, and 1660s Verse

Margaret J. M. Ezell

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198183112
eISBN:
9780191847158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198183112.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The decade after the Restoration saw the publication of several important works and collections of verse. Samuel Butler’s mock-heroic Hudibras satirized the civil war conflict, and although Abraham ... More


The Paradoxical Machinery of The Rape of the Lock

Alastair Fowler

in Remembered Words: Essays on Genre, Realism, and Emblems

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780198856979
eISBN:
9780191890093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856979.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter assesses Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock. The two-canto The Rape of the Lock of 1712 had mythological machinery of an ordinary epic (or mock-heroic) sort—‘Now Jove suspends his ... More


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