Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock

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The Rape of the Lock

 
9780898046625: The Rape of the Lock

The Rape of the Lock reprints one of the most exquisite poems ever written in English. Inspired by a trivial dispute between two noble English families, Alexander Pope crafted a mock-heroic poem that successfully led the feuding families to heal their rift by laughing their way out of their hurt feelings, while entertaining the rest of English society. But the enduring charm of this poem lies in its relevance to all human disputes, not just one celebrated incident. How often do we pour the collected woes and agonies of the Cave of Spleen onto the wounds of our emotional sores, thereby magnifying our problems? The Rape of the Lock helps us laugh at our own tendencies to take hurts too seriously. This book is the third in a set of the complete poetry of Alexander Pope being reprinted by Judzu House in reader friendly formats.

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Only rarely in publishing history has the ideal edition of a literary work been created, where text, typography, and illustrations complement one another perfectly. Among the few examples are the Kelmscott Chaucer, Baskerville's Milton, and Beardsley's Salome. Another such book is the 1896 edition of Pope's The Rape of the Lock, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.
Beardsley's elaborate drawings for The Rape of the Lock were created during the last phase of his brief career. This nearly Romantic period, characterized by rich, brilliantly imagined decoration and ornamentation and by high textual contrasts, was perfectly suited to the blend of mock-heroic, satire, and delicate fancy of Pope's poems. As Beardsley's biographer R. A. Walker wrote, "These drawings show a verve, a wit and appreciation of the poem than can scarcely be matched in English literature." Using his unique line and "black blot" technique, Beardsley created a masterpiece of design and mood.
This Dover edition reproduces the first edition: the complete text of the five-canto poem, notes, seven full-page drawings, two half-page drawings, and the original cover design by Beardsley.

About the Author:

Alexander Pope was the premier poet of 18th century England. The Rape of the Lock is his most famous poem and is rightly considered a poetic masterpiece.

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