Satire is an ancient practice viewed, by people who view such things, as the oldest and most trenchant way to observe society. Given people’s natural tendency to poke fun, I’m sure it was a common occurrence around the evening fire. It took the Ancient Greeks and Romans to formalized the delivery of satire and make it an art form. I’ve read various origins of the word satire — everything from a spin on those half goat/half men satyrs to the Latin lanx satura which literally means “a full dish of various fruits”. I can see both in the word origins, it’s all good.
Some cultures have perfected satire to the point of the humor being lost on most Americans. I happen to think British humor is hysterical. 😀
This time around, I’m taking a look at the ironic side to satire which pokes fun through opposites. There are three main forms of irony found in Satire. I’ll begin with Situational irony – that is, comparing what is expected to happen with what actually happens.
I remember such a scene many years ago when dating the man destined to become my husband. We were visiting his parents house and in a corner of the back yard sat an old rusted push mower surrounded by grass that had grown in and around it. I expected him to say he needed to mow the grass for his parents. Instead, he pointed there and said, “I’ve waited all year to take that picture.” I found that hysterical. His wit was one of the reasons I married him. He still makes me laugh. 😉
Here’s another cute example of Situational Irony:
Tomorrow — Verbal Irony!
I’m participating in the Trifecta this week.
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
~ Sarah Dessen
We’re also taking part in author Sam Cheever’s Trick or Treat Street contest.
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And coming later this week and next….