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literature meme | [2/3] genres: Satire
Satura quidem tota nostra est.
— Quintilian, Institutio oratoria, X,1,93. “Satire certainly is entirely ours”
That of satire is a genre which has its roots in Latin literature, originally strictly written in hexameters. The etymology of the word isn’t certain; it might come from four different sources, the main two being “satyroi”, the Greek satyres, of playful nature; and “lanx satura”, meaning a dish full of primizie, offerings of food made to the gods during certain festivities. In any case, these two examples point out the main features of satire: fullness and jocosity, as well as a certain complexity in composition. The object it represents is always contemporary, so that the relationship between the subject and the author is immediate; moreover, satire always stems from criticism, freedom of thought and anticonformism. On a formal level, satire refuses to hold a single style, embracing different levels of narration and a plurality of tones and metres.
Satire and irony in some cases have been regarded as the most effective source to understand a society, the oldest form of social study. They provide the keenest insights into a group’s collective psyche, reveal its deepest values and tastes, and the society’s structures of power.
This genre is so important that the state of political satire in a given country reflects the state of civil liberties and human rights. Under totalitarian regimes any criticism of a political system, and especially satire, is suppressed.
Furthermore, satire can be classified into the Horatian or Juvenalian category: the Horatian satire is a playful criticism of society with its vices, which are addressed through mild and light-hearted humor and self-consciousness. Juvenalian satire, on the other hand, attacks the evils in society with scorn, outrage, and savage ridicule, often being characterized by pessimism, irony, moral indignation and invective rather than humor.
[The Praise of Folly by Erasmus of Rotterdam (ebook); Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais (ebook); Gulliver’s Travels by Jonhathan Swift (ebook); Micromégas (ebook) and Candide (ebook) by Voltaire; A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (ebook); Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (ebook); Animal Farm (epub) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (epub) by George Orwell; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (epub)]
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Interpret your eyes as they die
Should I die should I now
Your poor lashes blow
We’ve done of sancturary laugh
You cry all over
An innocent call
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