Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) is the greatest English poet of the eighteenth century, with The Rape of the Lock universally regarded as his masterpiece.
THE RAPE OF THE LOCK AND A KEY TO THE LOCK
An ingenious satire of the battle of the sexes and the follies of a self-centred young lady, The Rape of the Lock, together with its mock-interpretation A Key to the Lock, is, in fact, a subtle commentary on the contemporary social world and high-society preoccupations, and a cleverly veiled proposal for reform. When Belinda awakes from a strange dream and sets about her favourite occupation, the toilette, little does she suspect that a tragedy of Homeric proportions is about to unfold around her. As she walks through the beau monde, admired as a goddess and protected by an entire host of sylphs, she is unaware that evil powers are at work to rob her of a precious lock of hair. Belinda must command all her female guile to protect this lock for, once surrendered, her life will never be the same again.