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Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine

Ritchie Robertson


This is a study of a genre of poetry that flourished in English, French, and German literature from the early eighteenth to the mid‐nineteenth century. Although some of the texts discussed are canonical and familiar, the relations among them have not been noticed. There is a well‐known genre of mock‐heroic poetry which parodies epic. Mock epic differs in being written at a time when serious epic, though still a highly respected genre with many writers and readers, was also in a state of stasis or stagnation, failing to produce any acknowledged masterpiece after Paradise Lost (1667). Epic was o ... More

Keywords: epic, mock epic, mock heroic, parody, travesty, romance epic, intertextuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571581
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ritchie Robertson, author
St John's College, University of Oxford
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