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Why So Serious?: Satire, Irony, and Humor

 Genre Title Author Literary Period Link Link 2
 Stories The Canterbury Tales: Chaucer Medieval  
     "The Pardoner's Tale" text
     "The Miller's Tale"text audio
      "The Reeve's Tale" text 
      "The Wife of Bath's Tale" text audio

 Genre Title Author  Literary Period Link  
 Essay  "A Modest Proposal" Jonathan Swift Enlightenment/Neo-Classical text
 Novel Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Regency Period amazon
 Poetry Sonnet 130 ("My mistress' eyes...") Shakespeare Renaissance/Reformation text
 Poetry "The Flea" John Donne Renaissance/Reformation text
 Poetry "The Constant Lover" Sir John Suckling Renaissance/Reformation text
 Poetry "To My Coy Mistress" Andrew Marvell Renaissance/Reformation text
 Poetry "Ozymandius"  Percy Bysshe Shelley  Romanticism text
 Poetry "Terence, this is stupid stuff" A. E. Housman Victorian text
 Poetry "The Unknown Citizen" W. H. Auden Modernism text
 Poetry "Not Waving But Drowning"
 Stevie Smith  Modernism text

Essential Questions:
What is satire and why is it relevant?
What makes satire effective?
Why might we not directly say what we mean or mean what we say?
Why do we like irony?
What is the purpose of humor?
Do we take humor seriously enough?