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Ribaldry

Ridicule (See MOCKERY.)
Decameron, The
Boccaccio’s bawdy panorama of medieval Italian life. [Ital. Lit.: Bishop, 314–315, 380]
Droll Tales
Balzac’s Rabelaisian stories, told in racy medieval style and frequently gross. [Fr. Lit.: Contes Drolatiques in Benét, 222]
Fescennia
Etrurian town noted for jesting and scurrilous verse (Fescennine verse). [Rom. Hist.: EB, TV: 112]
Gargantua and Pantagruel
Rabelais’s farcical and obscene 16th-century novel. [Fr. Lit.: Magill I, 298]
Golden Ass, The
tale of Lucius and his asininity, with a number of bawdy episodes. [Rom. Lit.: Apuleius Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass in Magill I, 309]
Goliards
scholar-poets interested mainly in earthly delights. [Medieval Hist.: Bishop, 292–293]
Iambe
girl who amused Demeter with bawdy stories. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 136]
LaFontaine, The Tales of
ribald stories in verse, adapted from Boccaccio and others. [Fr. Lit.: Contes en Vers in Benét, 222]
Miller’s Tale, The
lusty story told by the drunken Miller. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales in Magill II, 131]
Reeve’s Tale, The
Oswald the Reeve retaliates in kind to The Miller’s Tale. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales in Benét, 919]
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"Burns was concerned that his bawdry remain within a select circle of male acquaintances and patrons, and it didn't appear in print until three years after his death.
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It was less the bawdry at Court that Pepys deplored than the lethargy it induced in the royal brothers, who tended to dissipate their not always boundless energy in compulsive womanizing.
This Romeo and Juliet mutes hormonal sizzle and bawdry. Antoni Cimolini's Romeo and Megan Porter Follows's Juliet give us chaste young lovers, moved by enthusiasm for each other rather than physical passion.
These stories are riotous, vintage Vian: full of exquisite Pataphysical bawdry, any number of superfluous characters, and a delicious disdain for the logic of the Cartesian universe.
A technical difficulty arises in reviewing Larkin's Letters: in all my experience I have never seen or read such foul-mouthed language, the whole virtuoso gamut of bawdry, swear-words often in every line, particularly in the earlier letters and to male cronies like Kingsley Amis.
A raconteur who excels in shorter forms, he's tried everything from bawdry to bedtime story with great results--and now a sustained entertainment that pursues two threads, two lives--those of a singular young man, Francis With, and a radio station, WLT.
Bawdry and licentiousness of all sorts are rampant in the city, and the duke accepts responsibility for laxity in enforcing the law.
The collection and composition of bawdry in Scotland can be traced back to the earliest recorded specimens of Scottish literature, and to the inclusion in the Bannatyne Manuscript of William Dunbar's 'Tretis of the Twa Mariit Wemen and the Wedo' and the anonymous 'Freiris of Berwick'.
Langhans sees the cuts as 'primarily to delete extraneous material and some bawdry', although given that the remaining text includes advice to 'put in deeper, tis the sweeter' (C4v), and some graphic reflection on chafing (K1r), it is unlikely that taste was a motivating factor.
The "machine" puns gratuitously, as if to remind us that what had seemed like a promising revenge tragedy has since been derailed by Reynaldo, Voltemand, and Polonius's predilection for a tale of bawdry between Hamlet and Ophelia.