Treasure Island

Jonathan Swift

(30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745 / Dublin)

Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers


Ye poets ragged and forlorn,
Down from your garrets haste;
Ye rhymers, dead as soon as born,
Not yet consign'd to paste;
I know a trick to make you thrive;
O, 'tis a quaint device:
Your still-born poems shall revive,
And scorn to wrap up spice.
Get all your verses printed fair,
Then let them well be dried;
And Curll must have a special care
To leave the margin wide.

Lend these to paper-sparing Pope;
And when he sets to write,
No letter with an envelope
Could give him more delight.

When Pope has fill'd the margins round,
Why then recall your loan;
Sell them to Curll for fifty pound,
And swear they are your own.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: poem

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers by Jonathan Swift )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Uyakhumbula, senzokhaya umhayi
  2. Wedwa, senzokhaya umhayi
  3. time or space?, ko the skipper
  4. The Truth Are From The Laws, Edward Kofi Louis
  5. The Sadness Of This World, Edward Kofi Louis
  6. I Could Be Out In The Rain, Vigna Mukund
  7. Equations: Friend Or Enemy, Guess Who
  8. Waiting for Dawn, Somanathan Iyer
  9. Confidence, Somanathan Iyer
  10. Doodling Without Purpose, Margaret Alice Second

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey cock
And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Claude McKay

 
[Hata Bildir]