February 12, 2007

Insert Ironic Statement Here----->

"I have argued that irony, taken as the acknowledgment of the pressures of context, is to be found in poetry of every period and even in simple lyrical poetry. A great deal of modern poetry does use irony as its special and perhaps its characteristic strategy" (Keesey 89).

Irony is a concept that is overused in every category, but the most effective place that irony deserves to be in the poetry. Using metaphors to get the point across is an element that one could laugh at first, but then should be admiring the use of it in that particular line of the poetry. I agree with Brooks when he writes that irony is used way too often in situations that should not be used, and thus, takes away from the form and context of the actual poem. Modern poetry seems to try too hard to place irony delicately, whenever it should really flow in the poem. Symbolism is something that one could look at in a piece of literature, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. Every piece of poetry, literature, music, etc... has either irony or symbolism jammed into the lyric, and it should be used at the right time. Poets such as Wordsworth, Eliot, and even Keats place irony and propose questions that they already know answers to. I am finally understanding the use of formalism (thanks to Karissa), and I can see how a poem can stand out strictly on its own, by using a literary technique, or a punctuation in the right place, to signify something incredibly strong and meaningful in a piece of poetry.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 12, 2007 8:20 PM

Jay I used almost this exact same quote for my blog. I agree with you that irony is very much overused. I think that when something becomes a song for a pop artist, then that is a key symbol that we need to change our tactics a bit. Everyone uses irony in so many different ways that I'm not sure that I even understand the definition of it anymore.

Posted by: Tiffany at February 14, 2007 6:19 PM
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