(3) Richard Terry, Mock-Heroic
from Butler to Cowper: An English Genre and Discourse (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), 1.
The Eighteenth-Century Mock-Heroic
. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990.
He suggests that Mandevillian economics and a mock-heroic
attitude surface in poems on luxury such as James Arbuckle's 'Snuff' and Cowper's The Task (the concurrent treatment of canonical and non-canonical texts is another strength of his study).
, perfected by neo-classical writers such as Dryden and Pope, renders ordinary conduct in extraordinary terms, measures the subject on a grand scale, to mock pretensions or aspirations.
15 In which author's mock-heroic
poem does the Snark turn out to be a Boojum?
In one section, the speaker of this epic steals report cards, roasts lizards, and does "360s off the lip." A few phrases later, however, she addresses her readers with a clever, mock-heroic
salutation: "Come all ye Visigoths of Alaric / Huns of Attila, of the / Ostrogoths & Lombards, of hummingbird / & tigrillo." This layering is never symmetrical or organized.
From the brightly colored title cards and the quirky music to the picaresque flow of its narrative, Idaho is a delightful and funny film, and Van Sant's appropriation of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Henry the IV adds a an almost mock-heroic
sensibility to the enterprise.
Born in New Jersey, Smithson made a name for himself in New York circles while still in his 20s, with art that was at once scientific, deadpan, and bleak, such as his mock-heroic
photo series, "The Monuments of Passaic." But like the others who converged in the Earth Art movement, Smithson wanted to work on a larger scale.
Reporters participate enthusiastically in the traffic and call it "news." The process is sustained only because everyone can rely on the journalists' mock-heroic
code of omerta: Never reveal the names of your secret sources--never--even if the revealed "information" turns out to be spurious.
'Say Heav'n-born Muse' in its first printing
Ulrich von Hutten, "one of the most satirical members of one of Germany's most satirical generations,"  is indebted to Lucian's Charon in his satire Phalarismus and his Marcus heroicum is a mock-heroic
satire with Venice personified as a megalomaniacal toad, an image he repeats in his satirical epigrams that include France portrayed as a cock (gallus).
This hyperbolic depiction of his childhood reduces the subject to "mere parable." But this is not innate to the subject itself; rather, his high-flown, mock-heroic
treatment of the subject relegates it to this status.