Jonathan Swift's The Lady's Dressing Room and Lady Montagu's The Reasons, do both poems accomplish their intent?

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The answer to this question is very subjective and highly dependent on individual readers. I've had many students think that Swift's poem is absolutely hilarious, while some students find it unbelievably offensive. If that was Swift's intent, then the poem fulfills it. It's amazing that Swift was able to get both types of responses from a poem that is "heroic" in its format.

Montagu's poem is much more light-hearted, so it feels more fun to read; however, it also seems to be much more biting and caustic in its intent. Again, my classes tend to be split on this poem. Many find the poem directly insulting against a particular person (Swift), while some feel that Swift simply had it coming to him. If that was Montagu's intent, then she succeeded. Her poem is definitely targeted at a specific person, while Swift's poem leans more toward a general commentary about women in general.

Swift's The Lady's Dressing Room (1732) is a typical, extended Swift scatalogical (toilet humor) satire on an...

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