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What is parody? Provide examples using details like from which poem or story or anything it is taken from.

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A parody is a work of literature, poetry, drama, music, or even film, which seeks to mock, another text.  Culturally speaking, parodies usually seek to be relevant to a modern audience and speak a common (though not always popular) opinion.  As a result, very often, the parody becomes more popular than the original work it pokes fun at.  Cervantes' Don Quixote is one such literary parody.  Most assume it is either original or simply poking fun at typical knights tales, when it was directly inspired by a specific story: Amadis de Gaula.

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