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Parody is a form of writing, or other composition, in which an author's style and/or subject matter are imitated in such a way as to make them seem ridiculous. Any distinctive style and any distinctive convention are open to this type of treatment. Some parody is termed "affectionate" — this is when the main intention is to amuse rather than to damage a reputation.

Authors who have been the subject of notable parodies include T.S. Eliot, A.E. Housman, Rudyard Kipling and William Wordsworth.

There are various anthologies. Probably the best known collection of parodies by a single person is Max Beerbohm's A Christmas Garland.