What Is Mock-Epic Poetry? - Definition, Examples & Characteristics


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What type of humor does mock-epic poetry generally employ?

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1. How does a mock-epic work connect to a classical piece of literature?

2. Why did the mock-poetry genre become popular in Italy in the 17th century?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mock-epic poetry is a retelling of a classic with a twist, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the genre. Some areas on which you'll be assessed include the history and conventions of the genre.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on your understanding of the following:

  • Characteristics of mock-epic poetry
  • Mock-epic poetry in 17th-century Italy
  • Reason(s) a writer might choose to write in the genre

Skills Practiced

  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding mock-epic poetry's rise in popularity in Italy during the 1600s
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify how mock-epic poetry connects to classical literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about poetry, review the accompanying lesson titled What is Mock-Epic Poetry? - Definition, Examples & Characteristics. The following objectives are included in the lesson:

  • Understand the history and composition of mock-epic poetry
  • Identify examples of mock-epic poetry
  • Review Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock and its connection to Homer's Iliad