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Aristotle On Ridicule - In book Four, Chapter Eight of the Ethics, Aristotle applies his philosophical ideals to the concept of humor and good company. He establishes categories and kinds of humor or wit, and sets limits for the behavior that a gentleman and a wise man will accept. At one point, however, he makes the admission that it’s hard to define when ridicule is appropriate. Because people react to ridicule in different ways, according to their temperament. This paper will examine the second paragraph of Book Four, Chapter Eight, to determine what it is about “ridicule” that causes Aristotle to break away from his usual method of analysis to consider other ways of looking at the problem....   [tags: essays research papers] 888 words
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Personal Narrative- Ridicule of a Child - Personal Narrative- Ridicule of a Child “Why do you ask?... Well, she’s weird.... For instance, she wears black outfits that cling to her body with red spandex.... No I’m serious. Her hair is half black and half blonde, too.... The other day she was walking down the hall with a red feathered boa wrapped around her neck.. .. Yeah, I see her every day sifting by herself in a corner all the time. . . . I guess you can’t blame her. What did happen to her when she was little?” “Oooonnnncccceeee I was at hhhhoooommmmeeee, and I ssssaaaawwww...” We despised the way her heart-shaped lips gawked open as she slurred her words....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays] 967 words
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Half-Caste by John Agard How effective is the light-hearted ridicule - Half-Caste by John Agard How effective is the light-hearted ridicule in this poem. In the poem Half-Caste by John Agard the poet uses ridicule to put his point across, he uses this technique very effectively and many times and by the end of the poem you realise how stupid the fact of someone being a Half Caste is. The poem is about a man from the West Indies and is called Half Caste, which means of mixed race. The poem starts off with a verse off three lines all written in Standard English. Even in this very short part we can see the way the poet is using ridicule when he says ‘standing on one leg’, this is inferring that because he is a ‘half-caste’ he is only standing on one leg and that...   [tags: English Literature] 788 words
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Kethuvim: Source for Ridicule or Growth? - To understand the reasons behind the inclusion of conflicting views in the Bible we must first observe the nature of these differences, although there is difference in writing style, delivery, and content, the difference is most apparent in the background of the Kethuvim. When approaching the Bible from an objective perspective - in which historical, cultural, and social influences are taken into account - the fact that there has been some editorial work done to the Bible is evident. Kethuvim is composed of writings placed in the postexilic period, a period in which the Israeli cult was experiencing somewhat of a revival....   [tags: Religion] 734 words
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Satire in “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde - A satire is a piece of work that is designed to ridicule or tease a group or organization, generally for the purpose of being humorous. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a play by Oscar Wilde, is a satire, ridiculing class, gender, and marriage. This essay will describe some points from each of these sections, as well as give a brief synopsis of the play these examples come from. The Importance of being Earnest includes three acts, with seven major characters. In act one, we start with a conversation between Jack (a notable bachelor) and Algernon (an in debt bachelor, with a laid back temperament), in which we learn both have made up 'friends,' who are often sick, as to escape from whereve...   [tags: Satire, Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde, ] 700 words
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Essay on John Milton’s Paradise Lost and the War in Heaven - Paradise Lost and the War in Heaven From the beginning of book 1 the war in heaven seems more than a simple, finished event. In reality, we have the authorized formal side presented: the war was ambitious, impious, proud, vain, and resulting in ruin. Satan’s first speech implies that there was another side-even after we have partly discounted the personal tones of the defeated leader who speaks of the good old lost cause, “hazard in the Glorious Enterprise.” That too is a formal side, presented by the losing actor in the drama....   [tags: Milton Paradise Lost Essays] 1103 words
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Colombian born writer, is first recognizable as a skilled author in Magical Realism, “a genre in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination” (Leopold). But one of his main themes is Solitude. Solitude was actually the theme of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Solitude of Latin America, and a multiple prize winning novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude (European Graduate School). This theme of solitude and isolation directly correlates with his short story, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings....   [tags: Colombian Writer, One Hundred Years of Solitude]
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Keats wrote Isabella because he wanted to produce a commercial success, - Keats wrote Isabella because he wanted to produce a commercial success, but he also thought it was too smokeable, i.e. that critics would ridicule it. What do you consider to be the positive aspects of the poem. Why might it also have been susceptible to criticism. ‘Isabella; or the pot of basil’ was written soon after Keats had attended lectures by a critic. The critic had suggested that a poetic translation of the 14th century works by the Italian writer Boccaccio ‘could not fail in the present day’....   [tags: glish Literature] 1094 words
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Transitioning to a Better State: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman - ... Transgender portrayal on television is difficult to categorize because overall transgender characters are underrepresented, but among LGBT characters they are greatly overrepresented. Self identified transgender individuals make up only about 0.3% of the adult United States population (Gates 2011). Their overall television representation percentage is unknown, but can be estimated through a 2012-2013 primetime study. A study conducted by GLADD discovered that transgender characters made up 4% of the LGBT characters on cable networks and LGBT characters made up around 4% of all primetime characters (Kane, Gouttebroze & Townsend 2013)....   [tags: LGBT community, negative stereotyping]
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Is Television Ruining America? - Television has long been a part of American culture. From its conception until today there have been people who believe that television is a waste of time and energy and there have been those in the opposite camp who believe that television should be a part of every American life. There is also a middle ground of people who watch television to keep informed on what’s happening in the world as well as entertained by the latest sitcom, or more popularly today, reality show. In this middle ground, the amount of television watched is moderate, sometimes just turning on the set to catch tomorrow’s weather or the latest sports score, other times sitting down for an extended period....   [tags: Media]
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Louise: An Emotional Binge Eater - In Andre Dubus’ The Fat Girl, Louise is a young adolescent with detrimental eating habits and broken self-esteem. Her lack of self-confidence stems from her atrocious emotional habitat. Louise receives constant criticism from her mother regarding her weight. Her mother states “If you are fat the boys won’t like you.” That kind of ridicule being said by a mother to her 9 year old daughter creates an atmosphere of self-hatred and self-loathing. It is not only her familial environment that contributes so greatly to Louise’s destructive behavior....   [tags: Andre Dubus' The Fat Girl, analaysis]
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An End to Bullying: A Look at Some of the Causes of Bullying and Possible Ways to Correct Them - Recently, the topic of bullying amongst pre-teens and teenagers has gained national recognition. Devastating stories of student suicides due to bullying have brought the issue to the forefront of American attention. A number of television news channels have aired specials about the issue, including Anderson Cooper’s in-depth coverage on his CNN program. President Barack Obama has addressed the topic of bullying, most notably when he held a conference at the White House in March of 2010. An Associated Press release about that conference quotes the President as remarking that we must “dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up....   [tags: Sociology]
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Analysis of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison - In the novel, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison readers are taken throughout the daily lives of African Americans who are faced with numerous trial & tribulations. Already facing the harsh reality that they were inferior to the white race. There were many families throughout this story that was faced with this stigma, however it seemed that the Breedloves had it just twice as hard. A series of social problems of which African Americans were victims to during the 1940s-1060s such as Rape, interracial prejudice, and mental illness....   [tags: trail, tribulations, reality, stigma, rape] 1769 words
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Friday Night Lights in Madisonville, Texas - As the sun set, a slight chill filled the air on this October evening, only noticeable due to the misty clouds projected into the air with every exhale of excited cheering. The sound of said cheering can undoubtedly be heard two counties over as it pierces through the night air, braided with the adrenaline provoking tunes of an award winning marching band. If they aren’t able to hear us, they definitely notice the glow penetrating from strategically placed towers fitted purposefully with rows of oversized fluorescent bulbs who force daylight into the night sky....   [tags: muhammed ghandi, bullying] 653 words
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Satire in the 18th Century and in Modern Times - Ridiculous Idea vs. Humorous Laughter The use of humor, exaggeration, irony or ridicule to expose, criticize or make fun people’s stupidity or vices. It is the dictionary definition of satire. The usage of juvenalian satire to criticize was openly and frequently done in the 18th century. Coming to the modern day, horatian satire is used to not only criticize but also make fun of modern times. What must be understood is that the usage of satire in both times was focused on society however; with each particular satire it focused on the different problems within it....   [tags: Irony, Humor] 579 words
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Peer Rejection in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly - The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly brings the serious topic of social prejudice to the limelight. Frankenstein shows a great example of how continued rejection from ones family or peers can cause one to revert from a virtuous being into a murderer or cause one to become suicidal. People today, as in Frankenstein, are still first judged on their physical appearance and not on their benevolence. Babies have been abandoned because of physical defects; children and adults are teased, bullied, ridiculed, and ignored because of their clothes, hair, face, body, etc....   [tags: Frankenstein, Mary Shelly] 920 words
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Fighting in a War You Disagree With - O’Brien says “I would go to the war—I would kill and maybe die—because I was embarrassed not to” while describing his reason for ultimately deciding to go to war. This statement exhibits embarrassment’s ability to overpower a man’s fear of war and even his drive to follow his notions and stand up for what he believes in. O’Brien disregarded his hatred for this “wrong war” along with his fear and reluctance to die for it. He decided that he would rather go and fight simply because he couldn’t “endure the mockery, or the disgrace, or the patriotic ridicule” that he knew would come his way soon after skipping town and heading for Canada....   [tags: War] 557 words
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The Sidney's and Their Love Stories - The Sidney’s and Their Love Stories There is an obvious connection between the sonnet sequence of Lady Mary Worth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus and Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella. Not only are these sonnets sequence are similar because they are about two lovers, but there are also many sonnets from both sequences that can be related in context, rhyme and emotions. In particular sonnet seven in Pamphilia to Amphilanthus and sonnet fifty-three in Astrophil and Stella are relatable in several aspects....   [tags: Sonnets, Poetic Analysis, Comparisons]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Zora Neale Hurston was a remarkable woman and writer of the early 20th century. Her works were thought provoking and radical for a woman of color in the early 20th century. Her works evoked a sense of control for women of color. Hurston’s work did not go without ridicule; some of the ridicule came from her fellow African-American counterparts, such as Alain Locke and Richard Wright. These two ridiculed the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and her place in the literary canon. Over the course of the years, many professionals have argued the need to include Hurston and her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God....   [tags: women of color, false gods, teaching]
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Mark Twain's Life and Work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain On November 20, 1835, Mark Twain was born in Florida, Missouri. He changed his name from Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He got married in February 1870. They had children: Susy, Clara, and Jeon. His father passed away when he was just eleven years old. He had to work for his family. His all work influenced his life and writing stories. He became writer, printer, miner, newspaper columnist, etc. After the work, he usually goes to the public libraries to study and build extensive knowledge....   [tags: helen keller, discrimination, writer]
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The Arrival of the Gospel In South Africa - A ship carried a 28 year old George Schmidt the long journey from Netherlands to Cape Town during the early months of 1737. The ship belonged to the Dutch East Indian Company and was heavy with employees and cargo belonging to the Dutch empire of the day. Schmidt spent his days on the rocky boat, praying and preparing for what lay ahead. Being a missionary however, his heart for the gospel was known by everyone around him. The ship was a hotbed of foul speech, drunkenness, vanity and all kinds of godless behaviour....   [tags: George Schmidt, christianity, Khoi Khoi]
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History and Scope of the Social Sciences - The social sciences have and will continue to be in the future will play an important role in studying and solving problems for both society and its individuals. The disciplines that it encompass vary widely but often need to come together to solve issues and study certain facets of humanity. For my personal use social science is a tool to better understand others, be more sensitive to issues that people may face and to anticipate the way people and society may act in certain situations. A social science lens can be productive in that it helps people be more indiscriminate though understanding people and their behavior....   [tags: society, humanity, interactions]
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Comparing Satire in Canterbury Tales, Pride and Prejudice and The Rape of the Lock - Use of Satire in Canterbury Tales, Pride and Prejudice and The Rape of the Lock Jane Austen and Alexander Pope had had a myriad of writing styles and techniques from which to express the desired themes of their works.  Satire, however, seemed to be the effective light-hearted, yet condescending, tool that enabled them to surface the faults and follies of their moral and elite society.  In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, satire is used to the full extent in revealing the glutton within a pious and sacrificing nun, the vain hunter within a poor and meditative monk, and the vulgarity within a honorable woman of society.  In Pride and Prejudice and The Rape of the Lock, Austen and Pope u...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1358 words
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A Broken Union - Title Throughout history, mankind has continued to find reasons to fight with each other. Some of these conflicts seem justified, while some do not. Some are resolved quickly and some last for decades. Some result in great accomplishments, while many, unfortunately, result in nothing but pain, suffering and death. While it is clear that no two wars are the same, almost every war requires at least one thing: men and women who are willing to risk their lives and fight them. Volunteering to fight in a war is a sacrifice that most of us will never even be able to comprehend making....   [tags: Civil War] 1381 words
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Men, Women, and Sports: What is Acceptable? - Men, Women, and Sports: What is Acceptable. Throughout history, society has clearly defined the roles that men and women were expected to play. In these roles, men were seen as both physically and mentally stronger, and women were seen as more gentle, caring and physically and mentally weaker. As such, men participating in sports which demonstrate grace and elegance was not, and to some extent, still is not considered to be the norm. Likewise, women participating in sports which demonstrate or require a great deal of physical strength is considered to be un-ladylike....   [tags: Sports Gender Essays Equality] 900 words
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The Power of the Written Word in The Kite Runner by Hosseini - The Power of the Written Word The Kite Runner is a powerful story of love and trust blended with elements of deception and human wickedness at its worst. The full beauty of the story lies in the sundry emotions and subtle nuances provided by the author in the book, and many of the deeper feelings and emotions therein are missed entirely, or touched on much too briefly when viewing the film. Within the very first chapter of the book, Hassan is referred to as "Hassan the harelipped kite runner" (Hosseini, 2003, p....   [tags: The Kite Runner by Hosseini] 1209 words
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The Violence of Language in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare - “Language is frequently used to stir up & manipulate emotions.” - Mary Hamer. The words that people say can appear brutal or detrimental. These violent words take up many forms such as lying, insulting, etc. Along with its’ comedic formula, William Shakespeare's, Much Ado About Nothing is enhanced with humorous mockery and intertwined dialogues. In the play, the soldiers have just returned from a successful war. Love is traveling through the village; however the “language of war” appears rooted in the language....   [tags: soldiers, language, heros]
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Ebonics Versus Academic English- The Importance of Language in Achieving Success - English has been a very constant, yet complicated issue throughout my life. If you were to ask me, I would say that I am bilingual. Although this may not be true, I was forced to learn two forms of English, and expected to know when and where to use each dialect. Ebonics, which I would consider a language for the streets, was essential to know in order to function and survive in my neighborhood. While on the other hand, a more proper and eloquent form of academic English was also instilled in me from a very young age....   [tags: communication, slang] 888 words
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Ridiculing Victoran Society inrThe Important of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde's - ... Surely, the fact he can change his opinion on marriage so suddenly and drastically make it difficult to take him or the play seriously. According to Andrew Scott ‘comic identity, is conceived as a means of refusing incorporation’ into the ‘sobriety of the establishment’. This would imply that Algernon’s use of humour allows him to ridicule social conventions. However, at the end of the play he signs up to the social normal of marriage which is both funny and hypocritical as he has changed his opinion on marriage....   [tags: superficial, morals, hypocrisy]
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The Use of Satire in Voltaire’s Candide by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - ... The article states: “Leibniz isn't concerned with the world he observes but with the world his mathematical formula can prove”. Leibniz ignored the problems and flaws in society that were so clearly in front of him because his logic rendered them impossible. This is where the conflict first began to arise between Leibniz and Voltaire. Voltaire believes, as communicated in Candide, that what humans are able to observe directly does not match up with the mathematical formula Leibniz backs so strongly....   [tags: philosophical optimism, god] 760 words
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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - What is irony. Irony is a figure of speech in which the intended meaning is actually the opposite of what is expressed by the words the author used. This technique is used to ridicule or mock a particular subject by expressing laudatory remarks, but implying contempt and denigration. There are several examples of irony in the novel _All_Quiet_on_the_Western_Front_ by Erich Maria Remarque, a realistic, yet fabricated account of a soldier's experience in an international war. The lighthearted irony quickly transitions into dark satire with the use of dramatic irony, the setting, and situational irony to mock the glorification of war and introduce reality....   [tags: story analysis] 756 words
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Authors’ Reactions to Vietnam: Wallace Terry and Tim O’Brien - America hurt so many young men by putting them over in Vietnam to be introduced to prostitution, gamblin’, drinkin’, drugs. To fear. To terror. To killin’. To they own death. (Luther Benton qtd. in Terry 78) Vietnam, the war that was not a war, was one of the darkest periods in American history. Men found themselves being sent against their will to fight a war which they did not support only to return home as villains. Whether emotionally or physically, the men who served in Vietnam were permanently scarred....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Island of Dr. Moreau: The God Complex - Germany cured HIV and leukemia using stem cell transplants. (“Doctors Claim”). Spinal Cord injuries are being cured in the United States through the use of stem cell therapy (“Stem Cell Research”). Scotland cloned a sheep using a stem cell from a mammary gland(Knight). Despite all of these promising discoveries, H. G. Wells warns of the dangers involved in scientific advances. H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau was written in 1896. Initially, The Island of Dr. Moreau portrays a castaway on an island governed by a deranged scientist attempting to create man through horrific experiments....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Underrepresentation of Women in United States Politics - ... That then aggravated women’s perception of sexism in the media against women in the political arena. The root cause of the underrepresentation of women in politics is that women do not run for office at the same rate men do. Potential female candidates perceive American politics as biased and sexist, because of the media perpetuating sexism. This gender gap calls into question the political validity of the United States government, since it fails to represent all people. II. Literature Review Meanwhile, political researchers debate whether the political glass ceiling for women has been shattered, and why or why not....   [tags: sexist, media, office] 1138 words
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The Media: Is It Really all the Truth? - ... That was the case of the Ward brothers, "They had no grasp of media at all when we first met them," Sinofsky added. "They'd never been to a movie and didn't understand the concept of a documentary” (Mckenna). The effectiveness of each media source varies and also depends on an individual’s point of view. Each individual has a different opinion or view on certain topics, therefore the effectiveness of the media sources can be determined based on the popularity and ratings. People with limited political interest will probably be more interested in watching comedy shows like satires....   [tags: bias, discrimination, mass]
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The Real Voice of Ancient Rome - One would think that societies that have millions of people, the majority of those who are in the lower class, would have more exposure and records written down about them than any other class for us to analyze. Unfortunately that is not the case. People who had wealth and power normally had the privilege to have records done for them for future societies and people to study and read. Luckily the graffiti in Roman society tells a lot about the political life that the everyday Roman lived by. Most of the graffiti that mentions anything politically related tend to seem as though they are sending a message that the particular politician they are talking about is either for or against the people...   [tags: Grafitti, Politics]
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Time Travel in Virginia Wololf´s Orlando - In the introduction to David Wittenberg’s book Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative, he defines the concept of ‘psychohistoriography’ in terms of time travel narratives as “concern[ing] the meaning of the individual historical event and its capacity to affect and define the broader historical record, as well as, alternatively, the capacity of that historical record to define and characterize the individual event.” And so, when analyzing time travel narratives he first makes the distinction that “it is not the specific theoretical or philosophical issue at hand, nor its unusual level of complexity, but rather the mode in which that issue is woven into the substance of the narrativ...   [tags: theory, historial, narration, time] 1317 words
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The Impact of Stanton's Speech - On July 19,1848, in front of 300 women and 40 men (Lewis), Elizabeth Cady Stanton delivered a speech on women’s rights; proclaiming “Among the many questions which have been brought before the public, there is none that more vitally effects the whole human family than that which is technically termed Woman’s rights” (par.3). In her speech Stanton accurately displays her distinctive ability to influence public opinion by appropriating ideas from the Bible, establishing her credibility, and invoking the emotional aspects of women’s suffrage in the era....   [tags: Women's Rights ]
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The Pope and Blackmore Feud - In the article, “A Mock-Biblical Controversy: Sir Richard Blackmore in the Dunciad,” Thomas Jemielity calls Blackmore “the Everlasting Blackmore” for two reasons: one, because Blackmore’s favourite form was the epic (he wrote at least four epics between 1695 and 1723), and two, because Alexander Pope’s ridicule of Blackmore in Peri Bathous immortalizes him as a prominent figure in Eighteenth-century poetry (265). Unlike most poets who perfected the lyric and pastoral first, Blackmore ambitiously began his poetic career with an epic called, Prince Arthur: An Heroick Poem in Ten Books (1695), and this decision, as Samuel Johnson indicates, left him “that much more open to criticism” (Solomon 4...   [tags: Literature ] 972 words
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