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This epigram may also be described as a squib, lampoon, or barb because of its shortness. The rhetorical structure in lines 2 and 4 is chiasmus or antimetabole: poet, fool; fool, poet. The characteristics of satire are the qualities of (a) attack, and (b) humor. Insult alone is not enough to create interest in such a poem, but with the wit shown in the speaker’s attack, the poem captures the involvement and assent necessary for successful satire. This is a truly great demonstrative poem on the brevity of such witty creations and on the power of poetry to be brief but have an incredible wealth of ideas.
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