Taste Part 2: Playing With Our Food... I mean, Words
One of my favorite genres is parody. I find it so much fun to read and a great challenge to write. I'm sure you all know what parody is, but here's a quick definition.
parody: n. An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect. Parody mercilessly exposes the tricks of manner and thought of its victim and therefore cannot be written without a thorough appreciation of the work it ridicules.
An example of a poetic parody is Lewis Carroll's The Crocodile, which is a parody of Isaac Watts' How Doth the Little Busy Bee. The Carroll poem appears in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, when Alice tries to recite the Watts poem but "The Crocodile" comes out instead.
Jack & Jill Writing Exercise: Today the writing exercise involves "playing with our food" by writing parody. Write a short scene or collection of scenes in which you recount the events of the nursery rhyme Jack & Jill in the style of a famous author. After you've written your piece, you can check out a piece I wrote with this exercise by going here.