Steven Harp
Professor Hendricks
English 1102
25 January 2010
Humor, Satire, Irony, and Parody
Every composition that I have read for this assignment observes or has proposed a certain lyrical poet of humor. There are types of humor which differentiates from one another including satire, irony, and parody. Humor can be defined as a message that conveys laughter or the power to evoke ones senses of emotional and physical state of happiness. The literacy devices of satire, irony, and parody are often used in many poems and drama, such as “Mr. Z” by M. Carl Holman, “My Mistress’ Eyes are nothing like the Sun” by William Shakespeare, “The Secretary Chant” by Marge Piercy, and Old Saybrook_ _by Woody Allen.
“Mr. Z” by M. Carl Holman is considered to be an Irony because of the rich subtext that indicates “contradictory statements or situations to reveal a reality different from what appears to be true” (Meyer). Irony can also be referred as sarcasm. The poem itself explains how the character of “Mr. Z” considers “that his mother’s skin was the sign of error” (Holman). The character then tries to act different throughout his whole life, erasing every sign of his heritage in order to become someone else. He changes his diet, “chose prudent, raceless views for each situation” (Holman), and married a blue eyed Episcopalian. The last line provides the evidence of the irony usage within the context by telling the readers that eventually everything caught up to him at the end and that he was “the most distinguished members of his race” (Holman).
“My Mistress’ Eyes are nothing like the Sun” by William Shakespeare is thought out to be a Satire because of its “art of ridiculing a folly or vice in order to expose or correct it. The object of satire is usually some human frailty; people, institutions, ides, and things” (Meyer). Throughout the poem, Shakespeare continually mentions the mistress’ flaws such as “the breath with which my mistress reeks”...