- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics (2 August 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099511525
- ISBN-13: 978-0099511526
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rape of the Lock (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 2 Aug 2007
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Regardless, the poem was actually quite wonderful. Funny, quirky, and clever - overall I loved it! It amused me how he instilled this sense of impending doom and horror into a comedic poem about a woman's hair being cut off as a prank at a party. Knowing the back-story was tremendously helpful in this regard, it I had not known that it was written in response to a prank played at a party, I would have greatly misunderstood the poem.
"History is not a vacuum," one of my university history professors always told us. Neither is literature for that matter! This book examines the mock-epic poem "Rape of the Lock" in its social, literary, and historical contexts. The poem takes up a small portion of the book, and the rest is made up of diary entries, letters, essays, newspapers, etc. that help to explain the culture surrounding Pope. The city of London, clothes, card games, coffee, makeup, social norms, and countless other things are discussed in very readable and enjoyable ways in order to make "The Rape of the Lock" truly come alive.