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  satire - Definitions from Dictionary.com
Satire, the general term, often emphasizes the weakness more than the weak person, and usually implies moral judgment and corrective purpose: Swift's satire of human pettiness and bestiality.
In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic.
Verb satirize is attested from 1601, from Fr.
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  Satire - LoveToKnow 1911
Satire, in its literary aspect, may be defined as the expression in adequate terms of the sense of amusement or disgust excited by the ridiculous or unseemly, provided that humour is a distinctly recognizable element, and that the utterance is invested with literary form.
To dignify satire by rendering it the instrument of morality or the associate of poetry was a development implying considerable advance in the literary art.
With him antique satire expires as a distinct branch of literature, - though mention should be made of the sarcasms and libels with which the population of Egypt were for centuries accustomed to insult the Roman conqueror and his parasites.
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 Satire - MSN Encarta
Satire, in literature, prose or verse that employs wit in the form of irony, innuendo, or outright derision to expose human wickedness and folly.
Satire was conspicuously present in many forms of medieval literature: the fabliau, goliardic verse (see Latin Literature), beast fables, and dream allegories such as the 13th-century Le Roman de la Rose and the 14th-century English poem The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman, better known as Piers Plowman, which is attributed to William Langland.
Satire appeared on the 17th-century English stage in the plays of Ben Jonson and later in two masterly verse satires: Hudibras (1663-1678), a burlesque of Puritanism by Samuel Butler, and the political satire Absalom and Achitophel (1681-1682) by John Dryden.
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  Satire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Satire is a technique of writing or art which exposes the follies of its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) to ridicule, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change.
The humor of satire tends to be subtle, using irony and deadpan humour liberally.
For instance, the comic strip Doonesbury satirized a Florida county that had a racist law that minorities had to have a passcard in the area; the law was soon repealed with an act nicknamed the Doonesbury Act.
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Satire is what happens when there isn't any decent family or society available for the main character to reconcile himself to, or when the desires he has aren't worth desiring, or when the actions he takes aren't worth taking.
In satire, cities become wastelands; school rooms become flboard jungles; society becomes a mob or groups of gangs, marriage becomes a mere convenience or disappears altogether; all the signs of civilized life lose their glue, the whole social fabric threatens to come apart.
For the satiric writer, the fragmented vision of satire is his way of showing what it is like not to be whole, implying that there is or ought to be a world better than the one which by its own actions and ideas is tearing itself into parts.
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 Satire Links
Satire will often ridicule an individual, but the target can also be a group of people or an institution.
The aim of satire is to mock the weaknesses or similar characteristics of another.
Satire is closely linked to parody and can often discredit an individual of their public worth or value.
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Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (individuals, organisations, states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change.
The comedic intent of these works of satire may be lost on the public at large, and there have been instances where the author or producers of a satirical work have been harshly criticized as a result.
In 2002 the British network Channel Four aired a satiric "mockumentary" entitled Paedogeddon, which was intended to mock and satirize the fascination of modern journalism with child molestors and paedophiless.
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 Introduction to Satire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Satire may be very topical, that is, refer directly to people and events known to the readers from their own immediate context (e.g., satires on President Clinton), or it may focus upon more general human characteristics or upon both.
Irony is not, of course, confined to satire.
Satire thus can come in many forms, from savage to gentle, but it remains satire so long as we feel that the writer's main purpose is making us laugh at conduct which he believes ought to be corrected.
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 Online Etymology Dictionary
"Satire (n.) - An obsolete kind of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author's enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness.
In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic.
Verb satirize is attested from 1601, from Fr.
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 Lynch, Augustan Satire Bibliography
Satire and irony are identified with Frye's "mythos of winter," and the two are distinguished thus: "satire is militant irony." He traces the appearance of satire and irony in his six phases, from mythic through mimetic to ironic.
In those sections he treats satire as a genre rather than a mode, argues that it is dependent on the world beyond the text, and lacks a plot in the traditional sense, being instead statically suspended between the two poles of virtue and vice.
Satires are therefore unable to celebrate the wars essential to epics, and are forced to efface them in an age of war atrocities.
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 Satire Summary
Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which exposes the follies of its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) to ridicule, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change.
The satiric nature of these works may be lost on the public at large, and there have been instances where the author or producers of a satirical work have been harshly criticized as a result.
Satire and parody are also popular forms of expression on the internet; one of the most prominent examples is the news satire site The Onion.
www.bookrags.com /Satire   (2337 words)

 NOW with Bill Moyers. For Educators. Political Analysis Through Satire | PBS
Although the term satire may describe an entire work, a passage, or a tone, its characteristics are shared: among these, it employs comedy or humor; has a target and an ideal to compare it to; and describes folly or vice in detail.
Students' political satire projects could be evaluated using a scoring guide created by the teacher, peer evaluation forms created as a class, self-evaluation forms, or a combination of any of the three.
Then, the student contributing the piece of satire should discuss the person/issue/topic represented, the author's tone/point of view, and the reason the student thinks it is a good example of political satire.
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Satire is defined as: "trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly" (Miriam Webster).
Satire is meant to be funny, can sometimes be pointed and even painful, but in the end serves a healing and redemptive purpose.
I believe that when the Bride has mustard dribbling down the corner of her mouth and onto her immaculate white dress, it is a favor beyond measure for some brave soul to point it out before she meets The Groom at the center aisle.
www.ronbenson.net /Satire.htm   (283 words)

 The UVic Writer's Guide: Satire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Satire arouses laughter or scorn as a means of ridicule and derision, with the avowed intention of correcting human faults.
Like tragedy and comedy, satire is often a mode of writing introduced into various literary forms; it is only a genre when it is the governing principle of a work.
Indirect satire uses a fictional narrative in which characters who represent particular points of view are made ridiculous by their own behaviour and thoughts, and by the narrator's usually ironic commentary.
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 satire. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The satire of Horace is mild, gently amused, yet sophisticated, whereas that of Juvenal is vitriolic and replete with moral indignation; Shakespeare later wrote Horatian satire and Jonathan Swift wrote Juvenalian satire.
From the beast fables, fabliaux, and Chaucerian caricatures to the extended treatments of John Skelton, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Erasmus, and Cervantes, the satirical tradition flourished throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, culminating in the golden age of satire in the late 17th and early 18th cent.
Although 20th-century satire continues to register Horatian or Juvenalian reactions to the enormities of an age dominated by fear of the atom bomb and plagued by pollution, racism, drugs, planned obsolescence, and the abuse of power, critics have discerned some shifts in its source.
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In satire, a situation containing a violation is presented without any explicit acknowledgement of the existence of the violation(s).
Satire was found to have a persuasive impact only for those subjects that 1) understand the satire's rhetorical point (apparently very few in most studies) and 2) share the opinion being communicated.
In terms of the present theory satire persuades only the previously persuaded because, in order to understand a satire as a satire, in the first place, a person must see it as presenting actual moral violations to an uncomprehending audience.
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 The Purpose and Method of Satire
Although satire intends always to be corrective, it can guarantee only to expose vice and hypocrisy, and to demonstrate the pernicious effects such vices have when allowed to continue; the satirist's goals can be effected only to the extent that the audience responds to the attack.
Satire is inescapably moral and didactic (in the best sense of that unfortunately slandered word) even when no definite, positive values are stated in the work as alternatives to the gross corruptions depicted by the attack.
Satire, like all literature and poetry, must be intellectually rewarding, be reasonably well written, and especially must entertain in order to survive--and in the particular case of satire, in order to be received at all.
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Satire is one of the more difficult literary concepts to grasp because it's usually very subtle.
The short definition of satire is "putting something up to ridicule." Satire is a literary form through which a writer pokes fun at those aspects of society, especially those people and those social institutions, that the author thinks need to change.
Thus Twain is satirizing the townspeople and their pointed lack of intelligence.
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 Satire - SourceWatch
Satire is the ridicule of human vice and folly; it has served as a standard tool of propagandists throughout recorded political history.
In any context, satire is by its very nature necessarily augmented with some message, depending for humoural quality on a shared axiom among the satirist and the audience.
Propagandists use satire to reinforce ideas and to use inference to introduce new ideas.
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 Webavisen Satire
When satire is spoken of today, however, there is usually no sense of formal specification whatever; one has in mind a work imbued with the satiric spirit--a spirit that appears (whether as mockery, raillery, ridicule, or formalized invective) in the literature or folklore of all peoples, early and late, preliterate and civilized.
The satires were thought always to be fatal, and the poet led his people into battle, hurling his verses as he would hurl a spear.
The greatest satire has been written in periods when ethical and rational norms were sufficiently powerful to attract widespread assent yet not so powerful as to compel absolute conformity--those periods when the satirist could be of his society and yet apart, could exercise a double vision.
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 Literary Encyclopedia: Satire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Satire is a verbal or visual mode of expression that uses ridicule to diminish its subject in the eyes of its audience.
Satire involves the fusion of laughter and contempt.
The satirist, by definition, stands in opposition to the current state of affairs, endeavouring to change things, either to what they were in a recalled, and often mythologized, past, or to what they might be in a preferred, and frequently Utopian, future.
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 satire - OneLook Dictionary Search
Example: "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own--Johathan Swift"
Phrases that include satire: political satire, ridicule with a satire, satire boom, satire bubble, satire iii, more...
Words similar to satire: irony, sarcasm, caustic remark, farce, lampoon, spoof, more...
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 So you've always wanted to write satire
Satire is the single largest provider of satire content on the net.
Satire has a strong and growing audience with readers around the world.
Satire, though if cash compensation is ever offered, you will be consulted first for fair payment.
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 Satire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The word satire derives from the Latin satira, meaning "medley." A satire, either in prose or in poetic form, holds prevailing vices or follies up to ridicule: it employs humor and wit to criticize human institutions or humanity itself, in order that they might be remodeled or improved.
Aristophanes, Juvenal, Horace, Martial, and Petronius all wrote satires of one kind or another, and the tradition maintained a tenuous existence in England down through the Middle Ages in the form of the fabliau and the Beast-epic.
Horatian satire tends to be gentler and more sympathetic than the more biting and bitter Juvenalian satire, in which the author‹Swift is the great example‹frequently rails savagely against the evil inherent in man and his institutions.
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[S]atire does much more than vex, and even in Swift's work there is a kind of gaiety that is found in many nonliterary manifestations of the satirical spirit.
Many different cultures set aside a holiday period in which customary social restraints are abandoned, distinctions of rank and status are turned upside down, and institutions normally sacrosanct are subjected to ridicule, mockery, burlesque.
The latest satire, like the first one, uses the type of technology seen in the wildly popular "Jibjab" spoof of President Bush and Democrat John Kerry.
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