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A satirical imitation or burlesque of the heroic manner or style.

mock′-he·ro′ic adj.
mock′-he·ro′i·cal·ly adv.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of a literary work, esp a poem) imitating the style of heroic poetry in order to satirize an unheroic subject, as in Pope's The Rape of the Lock
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) burlesque imitation of the heroic style or of a single work in this style


1. imitating or burlesquing that which is heroic, as in manner, character, or action.
2. satirizing the heroic style of literature: a mock-heroic poem.
3. a literary work written in mock-heroic style.
mock′-hero′ically, adv.
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Noun1.mock-heroic - a satirical imitation of heroic versemock-heroic - a satirical imitation of heroic verse
caricature, impersonation, imitation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect


[ˈmɒkhɪˈrəʊɪk] ADJheroicoburlesco
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I fancy, also, that I must by this time have read the Odyssey, for the "Battle of the Frogs and Mice" was in the second volume, and it took me so much that I paid it the tribute of a bald imitation in a mock-heroic epic of a cat fight, studied from the cat fights in our back yard, with the wonted invocation to the Muse, and the machinery of partisan gods and goddesses.
Andrew Litton and his Norwegian orchestra perform this later version, very convincingly, as a slyly comic mock-heroic piece with the opening movement's Allegro eroicoepisode clearly revealed as a send-up and the risoluto finale ironically undercut.
always enjoyed a prominent position in mock-heroic poetry--a literary genre which depends on establishing a gulf between contemptible subject matter, on the one hand, and the dignity inherent in epic poetry, on the other." Thus "[t]he central joke of many mock-heroic works of the early eighteenth century is the casting of culinary terms into epic diction" (6).
"I remember starting Aurora Dawn, the novel, as sheer fun, taking the mock-heroic voice of Henry Fielding and capering around in it with sophomoric exuberance." And then a new captain took over Wouk's ship; intimations of Captain Queeg found their way to Wouk's journals and consciousness, and a literary career began to stretch out into the future.
Discussion encompasses themes such as the artist in society, the Renaissance artist as hero, mock-heroic self-portraits, and the role of biography for serial self-portraitists.
(3) Pope perfects his use of mock-heroic to achieve his dual satiric purpose of simultaneous admiration and critique: (4) for Maynard Mack, he "represents the absurdities of the fashionable world with affection," while never letting us "forget that in such a world ethical judgments have reached a sad disarray" when so much value is placed on "trifles." (5)
This last characteristic suggests that the tone of the painting as a whole is that of the mock-heroic. Almost all its elements are characteristic of a moment of heroic action, but because these elements are exaggerated in expression they contribute to the painting's satiric character.
Georgievska-Shine and Silver underscore Velazquez's mock-heroic rhetoric as the corresponding narrative force to Rubens's mythological inventions (195).
The following two chapters cover 'The Renaissance Artist as Hero' and 'Mock-Heroic Self-Portraiture'.
"The Filter of Attention and Indissoluble Attractors in EighteenthCentury Mock-Heroic Poetry".
The Taiping rebels were sometimes characterized as Christian revolutionaries, while at other times they were called savages and "mock-heroic buffoons" (97).
Within the limiting perspective of an adolescent, the drama is one of the character's own invention, and in turn, his mock-heroic walk through the woods is easily telescoped into insignificance by a skeptical reader.