I am looking for examples in ancient literature with conflict between form and content. I believe such conflict is typically satirical, but there may be other reasons as well. I would like to know in which form this phenomenon existed in antiquity, if at all. For modern examples, consider Tom Lehrer's "When you are old and gray" (love song by form but not exactly by content) and "A Christmas Carol" (which does not quite share the usual Christmas carol spirit despite form).
Where in ancient Roman literature is the conflict between form and content at its largest? Why would you argue so? This is a matter of opinion, of course, but I am confident that there are good examples out there. I have decided not to define what I mean by "form". It could mean a poetic meter but it could also mean other aspects or circumstances of performance.
- Tom Lehrer is just an example, and it is not important that the ancient text be like his songs — I just thought mentioning him might get my point across to those who happen to know him.
- If you feel the question is too broad, or otherwise bad, let me know. I am trying a new type of question and I am unsure how to phrase it.