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|This volume presents a new commentary on the first book of satires of the Roman satirist Juvenal.|
|Ariosto and Wyatt write Horatian satire rather than "Roman" satire (in the sense of |
poems rooted in the city), and they do so ... they repeatedly echo Juvenal's cry
that difficile est saturam non scribere ("It's difficult not to write satire," 1.30).
|Ultimately, the purpose of satire may be to alleviate a compulsion (or to pretend |
to): what Juvenal refers to when he says difficile est saturam non scribere (''it is
difficult not to write satire''). But no matter what satire may or may not achieve,
|That, of course, is what satire is. Juvenal's remark, "It is difficult not to write satire," |
has usually been interpreted as proof of morality being the motivation of the
satirist. Juvenal was writing in the first century A.d., a period when Rome was
|A day on which courts are not open for business, such as Sundays and some |
holidays. ... [difficult]. difficile est saturam non scribere-it is hard not to write satire.
The quotation is from Juvenal and the complete expression is difficile est saturam
|... of a greater gem—it is difficult not to write satire. Juvenal produces a series of |
urban satiric portraits, and then turns around and claims that the figures
represented in those portraits originate his satiric genre.149 Questions of
circularity aside, ...
|Salvation 262 Salvation The salvation of the world depends on the men who will |
not take evil good-humouredly, and whose laughter destroys the fool instead of
encouraging him. ... 1925) British novelist, journalist It is difficult not to write satire.
|By the end of the twentieth century this difference had disappeared and satire |
had become virtually impossible to write, or read. It was easy for the Roman poet
Juvenal to remark “difficile est satyras non scribere” (it is difficult not to write satire
|conventional manner, Juvenal lets his persona make the same statements in |
Satire 1 as were made in the satires of his predecessors: “It is difficult not to write
satire, for I cannot endure the many vicious scoundrels of this corrupt city. I admit
|But we know these two were earlier corresponding on the subject of satire from |
Donne's verse letter to his friend, "To Mr. E. G.," ... not least by giving his second
satire the title Difficile est satyram non scribere (It is difficult not to write satire)