a parody of the traditional epic or heroic form ???
The mock epic saw its heyday in the late seventeenth and early
eighteenth centuries. Among the most famous examples are Samuel
Butler's Hudibras, John Dryden's Mac Flecknoe and
Absalom and Achitophel, and Alexander Pope's
Dunciad. These lines from Mac Flecknoe will give
an idea of the combination of epic theme and language with low
matter: Dryden portrays an incompetent poet, Flecknoe, looking
for a successor to whom he can pass the crown of stupidity.
From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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