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Jonathan Swift

The poem “The Day of Judgement” was written by Jonathan Swift. It describes the poet’s vision of the Day of Judgement, the day when all people must come before God and take responsibility for their...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 10:41 am (UTC)

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One of the most important lines in the poem is "You who in different sects were shamm’d." Here Swift is focusing his satire on those dissenting religious groups who were attempting to obtain the...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019, 5:12 am (UTC)

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The clue to understanding this poem is in its name: a satirical elegy. Swift, renowned as a master of satire, uses his cutting wit in this poem to issue a warning to statesmen and others who, like...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018, 10:02 pm (UTC)

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In “Market Women’s Cries,” each stanza of the poem depicts a woman selling a different product. The first woman sells apples, the second sells onions, and the third sells herrings. Each of the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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The purpose of Swift's "Modest Proposal" is, first, to expose people's attitudes (particularly those in power) toward the poverty in Ireland and, second, for the author to give his own opinion on...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019, 11:27 am (UTC)

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Both Swift and Goldsmith criticized the hard-heartedness of British society's treatment of the poor. Swift, however, criticized the lack of compassion with harsh, biting satire. For example, the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2017, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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The question of whether or not Swift was a misanthrope essentially relates to the question of his attitude toward humanity in his satirical works. The title of misanthrope is reserved usually for...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2009, 8:37 am (UTC)

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Despite their relative closeness in time, Swift and Goldsmith, in short, are each representative of a distinct era in English literature. The first half of the eighteenth century has often been...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018, 3:26 am (UTC)

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Jonathan Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room" is an extended "toilet humor" satire about an upper class woman's dressing room and her efforts to beautify herself. The woman's name is Celia, and she...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019, 2:30 am (UTC)

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Swift's modest proposal was satirical and therefore not to be taken at face value. "A Modest Proposal" grows out of Swift's furious indignation, his disgust with English oppression and...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2008, 11:10 am (UTC)

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When Gulliver is among the Lilliputians, he learns about their system of education. Swift writes, "parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children."...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2017, 12:16 am (UTC)

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A mock-epic that is in the Horatian satire, Alexander Pope's Rape of the Lock parodies the vanity of women in his day and the importance placed upon trivialities, while Jonathan Swift's poem is...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2014, 3:42 am (UTC)

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Swift, as is his wont, is satirizing society and one of its most cherished, long-standing conventions. In Swift's day, women, especially women of quality, were idealized by men, placed on a...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2018, 10:47 am (UTC)

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To fully understand this line, one needs to look at the context in which it is used. Firstly, the poet, Jonathan Swift, was an Anglo-Irish satirist during the late 1600s and early 1700s. He is most...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019, 9:42 pm (UTC)

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The word "biting" in relation to Swift means harsh, cruel, or cutting. There's little doubt that this is an accurate description of his writing. Compared with the more sedate, gently mocking satire...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018, 11:13 am (UTC)

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I think the prior answer assumes you were asking a question about Swift's "A Modest Proposal." From your reference to Irish manufacture, I will assume you are asking about satire in Swift's "A...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2012, 6:55 am (UTC)

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Jonathan Swift was certainly well known for satirizing British society. To satirize is to use comedy to expose and criticize something, especially society. While one of his best socially satirical...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2013, 6:31 am (UTC)

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I've read and enjoyed the book and I don't know that Swift actually comes out and tells people what happiness is. In his rather biting commentary on human nature, he certainly points out quite...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2010, 1:50 am (UTC)

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In Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's last voyage takes him to the land of the Houyhnhnms. There, he finds two kinds of creatures: A monkey/human hybrid of filthy and deceiving...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018, 5:58 am (UTC)

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The government's role in education is a topic that Swift satirizes in Gulliver's Travels and that continues today. Among the Lilliputians, "parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2017, 10:44 pm (UTC)

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In “A Modest Proposal,” virtually every line of the entire text of the pamphlet is famous. One of the more interesting quotes is “I HAVE been assured by a very knowing American of my Acquaintance...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2009, 8:55 am (UTC)

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Jonathan Swift was an Irish author, satirist, and clergyman who was born on November 30, 1667, and who is best known for writing Gulliver’s Travels and “A Modest Proposal.” Both of these works...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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Dryden is ridiculed by Swift in his satire The Battle of the Books (1704). Swift took part to the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns with the publication of his satiric work. The Quarrel...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2010, 6:46 am (UTC)

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In terms of satire, I think that society has become more accepting of it to a point where it does not contain the same level of effect that it did in Swift's time. Individuals have become much...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2010, 8:53 pm (UTC)

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Since it is satire, we know that the author is not suggesting that people should eat babies. However, the speaker could go either way. You could argue that the speaker is being satirical and not...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2012, 6:00 am (UTC)

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You should begin to structure this essay by looking at the dominant themes in the five poems you have been asked to draw upon. This ensures that you will be able to illustrate the points you make....

Latest answer posted November 10, 2020, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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