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"The very existence of poetry should make us laugh. What is it all about? What is it for?"
“El subtítulo ‘Modelo para armar’ podría llevar a creer que las
diferentes partes del relato, separadas por blancos, se proponen como piezas permutables.”
Pretty much, yeah.
I disagree: I think the highest role of satire it to effect change. If it happens to be funny, happens to amuse, great. But if the satire effects no change, then it's merely clever. LuvJimmy
Good point. Humor is the mechanism by which satire effects change. Without intelligence, it has no bite, and becomes ineffectual.
Yeah, how funny is Gulliver's Travels? A Modest Proposal? Off the top of my head and to refer to the obvious.Not so funny (okay, some of MP gets me rolling on the floor, but only after I vomit up some cheesedog.)Ken
You can shed bitter tears of laughter when reading certain satirical works. Swift, Larra...
Um, yeah, but how much change did Swift effect?Satire may intend to effect change, but it rarely does...
Well change is really hard without like *tanks*. UNCLE TOM'S CABIN started that war. THE JUNGLE grossed a bunch of people out and made them vegetarians or whatever. It's the small victories. I'm just arguing that the point isn't necessarily to make some readers feel smarter and superior and make them laugh. The point is to ridicule and reform. If I could build a tank out of one of my poems, I'd effect some fucking change, you betcha.LuvJimmy
And intelligence--like what the hell is that. Archie Bunker is some of my favorite satire--so good that nobody got it. It was the #1 show in America because a great number of people AGREED with Archie. Whoa, right? So much for the smartypants writers.
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