Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier—or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of... more »
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- A Beautiful Young Nymph Going To Bed
- A Description of the Morning
- A Description of a City Shower
- A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late...
- A Maypole
- The Place of the Damned
- Phillis, Or, the Progress of Love
- On Stella's Birth-Day, 1719
- Stella's Birthday March 13, 1727
- Elegy Upon Tiger
- The Progress of Poetry
- Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers
- An Echo
- Stella's Birthday March 13, 1719
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''I to such blockheads set my wit!Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish poet, satirist, clergyman. The Day of Judgement (l. 21-22). . . The Complete Poems [Jonathan Swift]. Pat R...
I damn such fools!Go, go, you're bit.'''
''With a whirl of thought oppressedJonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish poet, satirist, clergyman. The Day of Judgement (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [Jonathan Swift]. Pat Rog...
I sink from reverie to rest.
An horrid vision seized my head,
I saw the graves give up their dead.''
Nor do they trust their tongue alone,Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. repr. In The Poems of Jonathan Swift, ed. H. Williams (1958). The Journal of a Modern Lady, l. 188-9...
But speak a language of their own;
Can read a nod, a shrug, a look,
Far better than a printed book;
Convey a libel in a frown,
''I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little, odious vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The king of Brobdingnag to Gulliver, in "A Voyage to Brobdingnag," ch. 6, Gulliver's Travels (1726)....
And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more...Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The king of Brobdingnag to Gulliver, in "A Voyage to Brobdingnag," ch. 7, Gulliver's Travels (1726)....
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