17th century background and satire
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a character says one thing but means something else
Bitter angry contempt and moral indignation to the corruption and evil of human beings and institution
dramatic or humorous effect of less importance than the occasion would warrant
verbal humor evoked by playing on different meanings of the same word or of different words with the same sounds.
the reader knows more than the characters do
aims to correct by gentle and sympathetic laughter
the outcome is expected but something else happens
exaggeration for effect
Age of Reason
also called Age of Enlightenment
What swept London in 1665?
A fire, it was a bad omen for Charles I
James II escaped to France to avoid the same fate as his father
points to existing problems and encourages change.
new form of literature published periodically
Sir Isaac Newton
- published a monumental study of gravity
- and movement of the planets
Carpe Diem Poetry
Cavalier and Metaphysical Poets
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