A mock epic is a long, humorous narrative poem that treats a trivial subject with the grand, elevated style of the epic (such as Beowulf, Paradise Lost, and the Odyssey). Sometimes referred to as the mock-heroic poem, this literary form saw brief popularity in the eighteenth century. The conventions of the mock epic poem require that the characters and the action be of heroic proportions.
One of the best examples of the mock epic poem is The Rape of the Lock, by Alexander Pope, in which the simple event of an admirer snipping a lock of a young woman's hair is thrown far, far out of proportion.