Mock Heroic Poem | Definition | Characteristics


Mock Heroic Poem | Definition | Characteristics

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Mock Heroic Poem | Definition | Characteristics

A Mock Heroic Poem is one in which the subject is mean or trivial while the style of treating the subject is grand or elevated. The author of such a poem makes the subject ridiculous by wrapping it up in a framework that is utterly inappropriate to its nature. In brief, to say, a mock-heroic poem is a toy adorned with a royal robe. The mock-heroic poems are humorous and satiric in character. It aims at exhibiting the vices and sins of society with laughter.

English Literature is rich in mock-heroic poems. Some of the well-read English heroic poems are Samuel Butler’s Hudibras, Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, Thomas Gray’s Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Nonnes Preestes Tale and so on.

The subject matter of Chaucer’s ‘Nonnes Preestes Tale’ is the seizing off a cock by a fox and the cock’s escape from the mouth of the fox. Evidently, it is a trivial subject because the seizing of a cock by a fox can under no circumstance be regarded as a matter of significance. But Chaucer has dealt with the subject in such an elevated style that it becomes a mock-heroic poem. 0 0 0.


N. B. The article originally belongs to the book entitled ‘Menonimus Dictionary of Literary Terms.

Books on Literary Criticism by M. Menonimus:

  1. World Short Story Criticism
  2. World Poetry Criticism
  3. World Drama Criticism
  4. World Novel Criticism
  5. World Essay Criticism
  6. Indian English Poetry Criticism
  7. Indian English Poets and Poetry Chief Features
  8. Emily Dickinson’s Poetry-A Thematic Study
  9. Walt Whitman’s Poetry-A Thematic Study
  10. Critical Essays on English Poetry
  11. Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Novel: Return of the Spirit-An Analytical Study
  12. Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Novel: ‘Yawmiyyat Naib Fil Arayaf’-An Analytical Study
  13. Analytical Studies of Some Arabic Short Stories
  14. A Brief History of Arabic Literature: Pre-Islamic Period (500 AD-622 AD)
  15. A Brief History of Arabic Literature: Early Islamic Period (622 AD-661 AD) …

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