Impersonal method of writing poetry: Epic Ballad Satire Narrative
What is satire?
Satire is a form of writing either inprose or in verse in which a person or society is held up to ridicule. The motive of the writer is to provoke fun. However, no matter what thewriter’s aim, satire can be very bitter and sarcastic or just humorous. (Page: 41)
Satire :• a literary term used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting, or changing, the subject of the satiric attack
Satire is as old as the English language. The history of satire can be traced back to the 14th century and to the poetry of Jeffery Chaucer. Chaucer in his Canterbury Talessatirizes a large number of characters.
Satire is associated with the 18thcentury’s poets like John Dryden andAlexander Pope who were masters of the Heroic coupletsHeroic couplet: a stanza consisting of two rhyming lines in iambicpentameter, especially one forming a rhetorical unit and written in an elevated style
Examples of famous satire poems are: Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe andAbsalom and Achitopheland Pope’s The Dunciad