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Post  chiara on September 23rd 2008, 12:37 pm

WIT =)

(“What’s wit?”)

Intelligent humor, witty remarks
Repartee- a snappy comeback or clever retort
(The French even have a word for the clever remark you think of after it’s too late!)
Witty remarks or repartees can be purposefully cruel, or they can be ingenious, thought-provoking, and somewhat humoring.

(“What are some examples of wit???”)
Wit became a characteristic element in the style of the Metaphysical poets (a group of 17th century English poets who discussed metaphysical concerns in their works).
E.G. “One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die.”
- an excerpt from John Donne’s Holy Sonet 6, “Death Be Not Proud”
The epigrams of Martial
E.G. “Why have you come into my show, austere Cato?
Did you walk in merely to walk out?” [9]

“They’re mine, but while a fool like you recites
my poems I resign the author’s rights.” [38]
Witty remarks are common in contemporary rap
E.G. “…hip hop is my supermarket
Shopping cart full of fake hip hop artists…”
- from Lil Wayne’s “Phone Home” off of his recent album, Tha Carter III

(“What’s satire?)
Definition from dictionary.com: “ a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.”
Types of satire:
~ Direct- directly stated (most often in 1st person)

1. Juvenalian Satire- a harsh attack, comtempt, bitter, indignant
2. Horatian Satire- more witty, toleerant of the fault, light-hearted, ment to be amusing
~ Indirect- communicated through characters
Some Satirical Devices
1. Irony
2. Malapropism
3. Sarcasm
4. Knaves & Fools
5. Parody (imitation/ridicle)
6. Burlesque (absurd exaggerations)
7. Farce (funny but improbable situations)

(“What are some examples of satire???”)

Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Colbert Report (on Comedy Central)
Capitol Steps (a touring group that performs political satire, mostly through song)

Walt Whitman

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Wit, Satire Empty Well done, Chiara

Post  Admin on September 24th 2008, 11:29 am

Very good presentation, Chiara. You were poised, energetic, and knowledgeable.
Rather witty, too, with the L'il Wayne quote.

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