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  • Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard
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    An elegy is a poem of lament, usually formal and sustained, over the death of a particular person; also, a meditative poem in plaintive or sorrowful mood. Through an elegy authors are able to convey their deepest remorse and grief through the eloquent use of the English language. Three elegies in which show the possible interpretations and moral convictions of death are "Elegy for Jane", "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard", and "A Satirical Elegy". Jane's unfortunate death in an equestrian a...
  • Swift Wrote Plain Perfection Of Prose
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    Swift wrote plain perfection of prose. Comment. Many critics like William Deans Howells; T.S. Eliot etc. have called Jonathan Swift the greatest writer of prose like T.S. Eliot says that "Swift, the greatest writer of English prose, and the greatest man who has ever written great English prose". But there are reasons for this greatness. One of the main reasons is that Swift wrote in a very plain and downright style. He didn't use any embellishments. At times, when Swift was writing serious stuff...
  • Definitive Philosophical Position To Swift
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    I want to outline in this essay some of the ways in which Swift's texts - in particular the shorter prose works and the poetry concerned with the female body - take up and make explicit contradictory philosophical positions. Much time and critical effort has been spent attempting to trace some unifying philosophical thread through the maze created by these and other of Swift's writings, when such a thread may be elusive to the point of vanishing altogether. 1 It seems possible that one cause of ...
  • Pope's Account Of The Importance Of Reason
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    Reason's Significance One of the most important differences between humans and all other forms of life can be seen in our ability to think and rationalize our decisions and choices as humans. Without reason, we as humans would be no different than a cat or dog. God, in his infinite wisdom, blessed man with the ability to reason, but left it entirely up to us whether or not we choose to use it. Alexander Pope and Jonathon Swift, two prominent writers of the eighteenth century, take two very diffe...
  • Swift's A Modest Proposal Jonathon Swift
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    Jonathon Swift's A Modest Proposal Jonathon Swift assumes a few key ideas throughout A Modest Proposal. It is unquestionably assumed through the essay that anyone would be willing to give up and sell his child as nourishment. It is presumed that the reader would not hesitate to accept the ideas of cannibalism and barbarism. If this is not understood, it is hard to read the piece without bias. I have found through careful reading that the illustration of the proposal is not just an instance of th...
  • Eighteenth Century English Society
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    The Satire of Jonathan Swift Revealed During the eighteenth century there was an incredible upheaval of commercialization in London, England. As a result, English society underwent significant, "changes in attitude and thought", in an attempt to obtain the dignity and splendor of royalty and the upper class (McKendrick, 2). As a result, English society held themselves in very high regards, feeling that they were the elite society of mankind. In his novel, Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift satir...
  • City For Blake
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    18th century London, it seems, was not a city of beauty or mirth; that is, at least, for the poets William Blake and Jonathan Swift. Blake's "London" and Swift's "A Description of a City Shower" are both poems in which the pervading theme is one of a dark, miserable city. London is portrayed as a cold and unredeemable city in both the 1710 poem of Swift, and the 1793 poem of Blake. These works, over eighty years apart, are so strikingly similar in their themes and focus that it is evident that E...
  • Swift's Feeling Of The English Government
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    GOVERNMENT S FLAW The government is one of the most highly criticized things in the world. From feudalism to democratic governments, there is always something to make fun of or talk about from how fat the president is to how unfair the government taxes the people. Jonathan Swift takes the flaws of politics, from his era, and magnifies them into governmental insults as well as an eye opener to the common man. Thus, Gulliver's Travels breaks up the flaws of the English government to form the gover...
  • College Jonathan Swift Left Ireland
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    Jonathan Swift Answering The Question Did His Works Reflect The Time In Which He Lived Introduction Did Jonathan Swift's literary works reflect the life and times in which he lived While researching for this paper I have read many criticisms, biographies and articles. In reading those I have come to the conclusion that his works clearly represented his life and times. I hope that by the end of this paper you agree. Biography Jonathan Swift was born only 7 months after his father's death, on Nove...
  • Greatness Of Swift's Writing Lies
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    It is melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads and cabin-doors crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags, and importuning every passenger for alms (Swift 1). Jonathon Swift wrote this passage as an opening to his famous essay A Modest Proposal. The proposal reflects his opinion and criticism on the poor people of Ireland. Within his writing lie very hard truths ...
  • Gulliver From Swift
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    "One of the greatest triumphs that the human soul has ever achieved" T.S. Eliot, 1923, (speaking of the fourth voyage) "A satire on the four aspects of man: the physical, the political, the intellectual and the moral... It is also a brilliant parody of travel literature; and is at once science fiction and a witty parody of science fiction. It expresses savage indignation at the follies, vices, and stupidities of men, and everywhere implicit in the book as a whole is an awareness of mans tragic i...
  • Montagu And Swift
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    The most captivating detail concerning a Victorian woman is her ability to be alluring modest, and mysterious. Women of the eighteenth century pride themselves on being presentable, and respectable to themselves and their appearance. Jonathan Swift uses Victorian women's modesty as a mechanism to humiliate publicly, as he wrote The Lady's Dressing Room. This piece of work would offend any woman living in this era, not to mention most women writers, which is why Lady Mary Worley Montagu wrote The...
  • Swift's Opinions Of Man And Society
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    Jonathan Swift, author of the satirical Gulliver's Travels, employs different characters and situations to represent the aspects of people and societies that he chooses to criticize. The bickering between the Big- and Little-Endians, the Lilliputian method of selecting public officers, the behavior of the Yahoos, the characteristics of the Houyhnhnms, and the experiments of the Grand Academy of Lagado are all vehicles to convey Swift's opinions of man and society. The disagreement between the Bi...
  • Swift's Modest Proposal
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    In his lengthy literary career, Jonathan Swift wrote many stories that used a broad range of voices that were used to make some compelling personal statements. For example, Swifts, A Modest Proposal, is often heralded as his best use of both sarcasm and irony. In 1729, Jonathon Swift published one of the most controversial writings of all time, "A Modest Proposal". This work has a stream of literary techniques, including satire, irony, and criticism. At a time when Ireland, was poverty stricken,...
  • Animal Farm The Equality Major
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    A Comparison Between Orwell's Concerns And Methods Comparison Between Orwell's Concerns And Methods Of Making His Points With Swift's A Comparison between Orwell's concerns and methods of making his points with Swift? sEri c Arthur Blair, now more commonly known as George Orwell was born in India in 1903, and his father was an official in the Indian Civil Service. Throughout Orwell's childhood he felt a deep sense of isolation, a factor to later influence his writing.? In 1911 he was sent to a b...
  • Poems Of Swift
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    Maya R. Colston English Lit. Dr. Spencer A GROSS FORM OF DELIGHTFUL SATIRE "The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes. ' -Jonathan Swift "We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love on another. ' -Jonathan Swift Like all true satirists, Swift was predominantly a moralist, one who chastises the vices and follies of humankind in the name of virtue and common sense. Throughout his writing, S...
  • Swifts Proposal
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    In Jonathon Swifts A Modest Proposal, one of the voices that is present throughout the story is that of irony. The story itself is ironic since no one can take Swifts proposal seriously. This irony is clearly demonstrated at the end of the story. Swift makes it clear that this proposal would not affect him since his children were grown and his wife unable to have any more children. It would be rather absurd to think that a rational man would want to both propose this and take part in the eating ...
  • Research Paper Swift's Gulliver's Travels
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    Gulliver's Travels Swift's Gulliver " sGulliver's Travels Essay, Research Paper Swift's Gulliver's Travels is without question the most famous literature to emerge from this 18th century Tory satiric tradition. It is the strongest, funniest, and yet in some ways most despairing cry for a halt to the trends initiated by seventeenth-century philosophy. In Book IV, we discover how Gulliver's journey into a discovery of what man is becomes a journey into madness. We encounter, here, a cruel attack o...

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