Dunciad: Mock epic and parallels to Rape of the Lock (another satire)

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The Dunciad: A Mock Epic? Honors English      The fourth book of the Dunciad describes the fall and slow death of the English society that once taught him all the things he knew. He lashes out at his critics, accusers, and nay Sayers in his allegorical poem. It symbolizes a mock epic because of the elaborate use of words, calling on inspiration from a higher force, and using his work not so much to tell a story, but to point out the faults of a social order that can’t or chooses not to see what they’re really doing.      It opens with: “Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night!” [Line 1, A.P.] “Suspend a while your force inertly strong, Then take…show more content…
In his other work, Rape of The Lock, he uses his elaborate stanzas to play up Belinda’s actions to tell of the vanity and idleness of the 18th Century. He uses the “momentous” card game and the extent of Belinda’s beauty and effect on men to show the social class he is in that it fails to rise to the epic standards. It shows that society is petty where the literary grandeur ought to be. The Dunciad is far more serious than that Rape of the Lock, which causes it to share more things in common with serious epic tales, but in the same way it exposes the ulterior motives and the censorship going on under a “distinguished” society order. He uses the impending courtroom to tell of the hold Dullness has on the minds of writers in England and speaks of the dunces who don’t want to be dunces but are anyway, “Whate’er of mungril no one class admits/ a wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits” [line 89, A.P.] which elude to how he views his opposers and those who financially support them for trophy purposes.      In both works, his use of the

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