Satire

29 01 2009

Satirical poetry: Poetry can be a powerful vehicle for satire. The punch of an insult delivered in verse can be many times more powerful and memorable than that of the same insult, spoken or written in prose. The Romans had a strong tradition of satirical poetry, often written for political purposes. A very common, almost defining feature of satire is its strong vein of irony or sarcasm, but parody, burlesque, exaggeration, juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are all frequently used in satirical speech and writing.

I’ve contributed the first two lines to this satirical poem in order to get you started. We’d like each person to contribute one line each. There is no specific syllable requirement.

Mr prime minister save us from this void

I’ve saved the world my dear civilian: you’ll soon be satisfied. (Student, Egham)

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2 responses

30 01 2009
Jamie KK Wright

Cape-it-all-listless blows; dull, drums soldier, toyed.

2 02 2009
Darren Paskell

Fleeting, the zephyr whirled, all sibylline; and fickle Fate has sighed!

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