Satire ~ Verbal Irony

satireAs mentioned yesterday, satire is an ancient practice considered by many as the keenest way to observe society. Humans find satire funny. How often do good friends tease one another and poke fun? For the next several posts, I’m taking a look at satire’s ironic side which pokes fun through opposites.

There are three main forms of irony found in Satire. Today is about Verbal Irony – that is, what you mean is different from what you say.

Say your bank statement comes and you see an accounting error has led to a few bounced checks. You might say, “That’s just great!” or “Oh that’s fabulous.

You’ll often encounter verbal irony in late night comedians. It takes razor wit and depth of intelligence to pull off this type of satire. This was the stuff the court jesters did in the days of old.

History of the Jester

I personally think the best satire today comes from Comedy Central. Jon Stewart and his writers are hysterical.

Here’s a cute example of Verbal Irony — a clip of Stephen Colbert’s genius:

Tomorrow — Dramatic Irony!


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I’m posting a little something from my chosen topic of Words & Quotes of Love. There are 48 entries to come. Here’s one for today:

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

~ William Shakespeare


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About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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