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From your reading of satirical texts this half term, write a response to this statement and explain what it is you have enjoyed or disliked and why, about the satirical works studied. Be sure to back up your points with plenty of examples.

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Introduction

Satire "Historically, there have been fewer female writers of satire, and in "The Anatomy Of Satire", Gilbert Highest suggests woman find satire as a genre less enjoyable to read than men do." From your reading of satirical texts this half term, write a response to this statement and explain what it is you have enjoyed or disliked and why, about the satirical works studied. Be sure to back up your points with plenty of examples. The genre of satire provokes much discussion and one of the more obvious talking points is the author and his or her own life. However it has become obvious to me from my wide-ranging studies that there are less female writers, painters or poets than there are males. Although the point that there have been fewer female satirists than male is a valid one, I think that the female writers who have emerged, such as Carol Ann Duffy, accredited with the national poetry prize; and Caryl Churchill, who's most notable achievement was producing the satirical play, "Top Girls", have been very good and in some cases they are as good as, if not better than male satirists. ...read more.

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I have found that satire as a genre is one which cannot simply be looked at and understood immediately, in particular I have found that this applies to old pieces of satirical work such as Hogarth's painting, "Morning Levee" need research on the era in which they were written before they can be fully understood and the comic effect can be appreciated. A good example of what I have said is the poem written by Carol Ann Duffy, "Poet For Our Times". In the poem, several headlines are used which relate to events relevant to the time, for example, "CECIL-KEAYS ROW SHOCK TELLS EYETIE WAITER." This headline wouldn't be understand by many of today's generation, for two reasons, firstly because the situation involves an ex-conservative minister, namely Cecil Parkinson and his secretary, Ms.Keays and their sordid affair involving a so called love child. This was obviously a big news story at the time Duffy wrote the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

Personally I have enjoyed studying the satire genre, however I have found that some pieces can initially come across as having no meaning; however after some background reading they make sense and I appreciate the comic effect and the purpose of the author or artist. Although I have enjoyed the genre as a whole, due to the background reading I have found it challenging at times and if given the choice on a genre of comedy to read I would prefer a quicker laugh. In conclusion I think that Gilbert Highest was justified in his statement, however in the next decade or so I think he will be proved wrong as women are becoming more equal with men, and their roles in society and their social standing. With this change in social standing I think will come a change of lifestyle and with that an appreciation of the same kind of things as men, such as satirical work. Paul Barker November 2002 12c ...read more.

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