Annoying the French Encore! by Stephen Clarke

By Stephen Clarke

We’ve been stressful the French for one thousand years. yet were you aware that, as lately as 2010:

When the French and British navies attempted to affix forces, nuclear submarines collided, an twist of fate that France’s Minister of Defence blamed on shrimps. It was once Trafalgar over again – yet with seafood.
The americans infuriated the French via arresting Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a member of France’s political élite, after which treating him like an ordinary suspect. Ce n’est pas normal!
With either a royal marriage ceremony and a jubilee, the Brits confirmed the French what a rash concept it was once to decapitate their king.
When David Cameron walked out of a eurosummit, he provoked a volley of comical anti-Anglais insults from French politicians.

Stephen Clarke reports every little thing the English-speaking global has been doing lately to make sure that France hangs directly to its nationwide inferiority complicated. For the French, the merde by no means ends

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We’ve been stressful the French for one thousand years. yet were you aware that, as lately as 2010:

When the French and British navies attempted to hitch forces, nuclear submarines collided, an coincidence that France’s Minister of Defence blamed on shrimps. It was once Trafalgar another time – yet with seafood.
The americans infuriated the French by means of arresting Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a member of France’s political élite, after which treating him like a regular suspect. Ce n’est pas normal!
With either a royal marriage ceremony and a jubilee, the Brits confirmed the French what a rash notion it used to be to decapitate their king.
When David Cameron walked out of a eurosummit, he provoked a volley of comical anti-Anglais insults from French politicians.

Stephen Clarke reports every little thing the English-speaking international has been doing lately to make sure that France hangs directly to its nationwide inferiority advanced. For the French, the merde by no means ends

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54 Introduction li a fluency that makes the line less awkwardly demanding on the ear than either the trochaic or anapaestic lines just mentioned. 57 Finally, the lyrics. Here it would be pointless to follow Rogers and several of his Victorian predecessors in aiming for anything like a consistent correlation with Greek rhythms, since too many of the latter, even when turned into stress metres, would make no recognizable pattern to a modern ear. In some passages, however, it is feasible to capture part of the rhythmical ethos in at least an approximate manner, either by the general ‘shape’ and length of metrical phrases or by some of their dominant rhythms.

This full form is found, with only small variations, in Acharnians, Knights, Clouds, Wasps, and Birds. Peace, Lysistrata, Women at the Thesmophoria, and Frogs all have reduced or reorganized parabases, while by the time of Assembly-Women and Wealth the convention has disappeared altogether. This distribution tends to suggest that the parabasis exercised a declining appeal for poets and audiences in the later years of the fifth century and beyond. That inference is reinforced by the parallel disappearance of ‘second parabases’: the plays which have this component, usually a reduced version of the main parabasis, are Knights, Clouds, Wasps, Peace, all from the s, and Birds of ; but in the last five works the only remaining trace of this convention is the section of audience-address at AssemblyWomen –.

Introduction xli some degree committed to expressing political judgements in his comedies, especially through the use of satire. But there has been much less agreement about exactly what those judgements were, or from what kind of general stance they were delivered. 43 But there have been many variations on and modifications to this inference, with arguments being advanced for Aristophanes the ‘oligarch’ (opposed to democracy per se), Aristophanes the true democrat (opposed above all to the abuse of power by demagogues and others), Aristophanes the champion of the rural classes—and other positions besides.

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