Hogarth Satire In Poetry

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William Hogarth, an english painter, used satire in most of his works, including Beer Street, The Distrest Poet, and A Midnight Modern Conversation. Satire is the use of humor, exaggeration, and ridicule, which is used to effect social or political change, or to prevent social or political change. In Beer Street, The Distrest Poet, and A Midnight Modern Conversation, William Hogarth uses satire to convey a message to the person viewing his work of art. In the painting Beer Street, the streets are thriving with people who have just finished their hard days work of labor, sipping on England 's national brew. People are drinking, lining up to get something to drink, and talking and having a good time. Everything in the painting is joyus and prosperful, except the pawnbrokers shop. The building where the pawnbroker resides is falling apart. Bricks are missing and cracks in the building can be visibly seen from the outside. Many examples of satire are expressed in this painting, the main element being everyone drinking a beer having a good time. This element of satire is a social standpoint. What Hogarth is implying and exaggerating is that drinking beer is a relaxing way to finish off the day. What the individual looking at the painting sees is people drinking beer and having a good ole time. One way this is exaggerated is not everyone who drinks beer after a work day is going to be having a good time drinking. People might be drinking to relieve of the stress caused by the

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