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 a City Shower
- A Description of the Morning
- A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late...
- A Maypole
- The Place of the Damned
- Phillis, Or, the Progress of Love
- Elegy Upon Tiger
- On Stella's Birth-Day, 1719
- Stella's Birthday March 13, 1727
- Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers
- The Progress of Poetry
- An Echo
- A Riddle
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''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)....
''Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The Tale of a Tub, preface (1704).
''The most positive men are the most credulous.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711).
''Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711).
''We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. repr. in Jonathan Swift: A Critical Edition of the Major Works, eds. Angus Ross and David Woolley (1...
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