Sarcasm, satire, and irony

[Those] clever men at Oxford,
Know all that there is to be knowed.
But they none of them know
One half as much,
As intelligent Mr. Toad.
Mr. Toad of Toad Hall, Kenneth Grahame

 

Kansas Toad
Mr. Toad comes to Kansas

Remember the verbal quiz on the SAT?

The above ditty by Mr. Toad is an example of:
a. sarcasm,
b. satire,
c. irony,
d. all of the above,
e. none of the above

Does context matter, the author’s meaning and intent? Does it depend on the point of view of the speaker or the listener? If you are half as smart as Mr. Toad, you will have a comment. Otherwise, you will just like it for what it is.

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