The International Quarterly Volume 8

The International Quarterly Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...that it will turn itself away from this also before many years shall have passed. THE INTERNATIONAL QUARTERLY December-March M D CCCC I II POLITICAL SATIRE ROLLO OGDEN NEW YORK KIPLING'S primeval devil, who mocked and gibed with his sneering question, "But is it Art?" might be claimed as congener of the original political satirist. The civil leer, the grin, the burlesque, appear to have been instinctive weapons of man, and as soon as human government began, it doubtless began to be satirized. Jotham's parable of the trees choosing the bramble to reign over them shows how early was employed a form of "lese-majeste" with which it was difficult for the rulers in Israel to deal. You cannot imprison a gesture. Laughter cannot be handcuffed. Open rebellion may be put down, but what is outraged authority to do with dislike just hesitated in allegory or fable? Aristophanes, as we know, was exceeding bold. In the "Clouds" he boasts that he "struck Cleon in the belly when at the height of his power." But even the great satirist of Greece had really to hint his meaning, and was compelled to be on his guard. Cleon was always, discreetly, "the Paphlagonian," or was girded at in punning plays upon his name. His vulgar demagogue's ways were brought out in all their grossness only by their being held up to the mirror of his impudent outbidder, --the sausage seller. By the time Tacitus wrote, it was possible for him, with his guillotine phrases, to be a public executioner only half in shadow, while Juvenal, that "Tacitus of the private life," as he has been called, immortalized the satire by name. In the modern world, the satirical art has flourished most where men were freest; which Copyright, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971930
  • 9781236971937