Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine by Ritchie Robertson

By Ritchie Robertson

it is a learn of mock-epic poetry in English, French, and German from the 1720s to the 1840s. whereas mock-heroic poetry is a parodistic counterpart to critical epic, mock-epic poetry begins by means of parodying epic yet strikes directly to a lot wider and richer literary explorations; it is predicated seriously on intertextual allusion to different works, on narratorial irony, at the sympathetic and occasionally libertine presentation of sexual relatons, and on various satirical units. It
includes famous texts (Pope's Dunciad, Byron's Don Juan, Heine's Atta Troll) and others that are little identified (Ratschky's Melchior Striregel, Parny's l. a. Guerre des Dieux). It owes a marked debt to Italian romance epic (especially Ariosto). The learn locations those texts within the literary context of the
decline of significant epic, which helped mock epic to flourish, and of the 'Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes' which wondered the authority of Homer's and Virgil's epics; and it relates their substance to modern debates approximately questions of faith and gender.

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