Dunciad: Mock epic and parallels to Rape of the Lo Essay

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

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 at once the Poet, and the song." [Line 7, A.P.]
In tradition of the epic, Alexander calls for the aide of an outside power. He doesn't
follow the rules completely, and replaces the muse with Chaos and Night, but does this
only to enforce what he's trying to do with his point and gives you a picture of where
he's going next. In epics, there's always a battle or a scene that is brazenly described,
adding drama, making it a little more important and draws the reader in. When Alexander
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