Before the beginning of the poem The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope makes a short introduction to explain to the reader the main purpose of his work. First the author admits that the poem is dedicated to Arabella Fermor. The author argues that the only purpose of this poem was: “to entertain a few young ladies” with a good sense of humor and common sense.


The poem is a normal incident both the Colonel at the ball cut a lock from unapproachable beauty. However, such a ridiculous case makes the poem universal scale.

The author warns the reader that his poem is all incredible. It is not merely a description of the event, he turns the product in a multi-layered fantastic world in which there is a place for all kinds of spirits: benevolent and gentle sylphs, evil gnomes, nymphs, and even salamanders.

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