Greene, Richard. Mary Leapor: A Study in Eighteenth-Century Women's Poetry. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.

MOCK-HEROIC The mock-heroic poem, most popular in the post-RESTORATlON and Augustan eras, satirizes stereotypes of heroes popular in modern and romantic mythology. Classical writers including Homer used the form to comic effect. The 17th-century poet

John Dryden employed mock-heoric in his "MacFlec-knoe: A Satire upon the True-blue Protestant Poet T.S." but the most famous poet to employ mock-heroic was Alexander Pope. His parodies took aim at traditional ideas of courage and acts of greatness. Probably the most familiar mock-heroic is Pope's "The Rape of the Lock," in which the speaker tells with elevated language and in epic form the tale of Belinda, a decidedly nonsympathetic heroine, who defends her honor against an admirer who clips a lock of her hair.

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