Who is Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) 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.

Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver's Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729). He is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M. B. Drapier – or anonymously. He was a master of two styles of satire, the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

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Jonathan Swift Poems

  • A Quibbling Elegy On Judge Boat
    To mournful ditties, Clio, change thy note,
    Since cruel fate has sunk our Justice Boat;
    Why should he sink, where nothing seem'd to press
    His lading little, and his ballast less? ...
  • Traulus. Part I
    A DIALOGUE BETWEEN TOM AND ROBIN[1]
    1730

    Tom. ...
  • The Answer. By Dr. Swift
    Lindsay mistakes the matter quite,
    And honest Paulus judges right.
    Then, why these quarrels to the sun,
    Without whose aid you're all undone? ...
  • To Stella
    WRITTEN ON THE DAY OF HER BIRTH, MARCH 13, 1723-4, BUT NOT ON THE SUBJECT, WHEN I WAS SICK IN BED

    Tormented with incessant pains,
    Can I devise poetic strains? ...
  • Clad All In Brown
    TO DICK[1]

    Foulest brute that stinks below,
    Why in this brown dost thou appear? ...
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  • _quote_everyday: a wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart. -jonathan swift
  • _quote_everyday: it is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. -jonathan swift
  • Guy_herbert: jonathan swift tried to warn us.
  • Navteshth: jonathan swift, author of gulliver's travels had severe depression and mourned his birthday by wearing black clothes. nation loves rubina
  • Thepainterflynn: fathers to persuade to part with anything to either of them.' in 1730 allen will be satirized viciously by jonathan swift
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 by Carl Sandburg

TWO Swede families live downstairs and an Irish policeman upstairs, and an old soldier, Uncle Joe.
Two Swede boys go upstairs and see Joe. His wife is dead, his only son is dead, and his two daughters in Missouri and Texas don't want him around.
The boys and Uncle Joe crack walnuts with a hammer on the bottom of a flatiron while the January wind howls and the zero air weaves laces on the window glass.
Joe tells the Swede boys all about Chickamauga and Chattanooga, how the Union soldiers crept in rain somewhere a dark night and ran forward and killed many Rebels, took flags, held a hill, and won a victory told about in the histories in school.
Joe takes a piece of carpenter's chalk, draws lines on the floor and piles stove wood to show where six regiments were slaughtered climbing a slope.
'Here they went' and 'Here they went,' says Joe, and the January wind howls and the zero air weaves laces on the window glass.
The two Swede boys go downstairs with a big blur of guns, men, and hills in their heads. They eat herring and potatoes and tell the family war is a wonder and soldiers are a wonder.
One breaks out with a cry at supper: I wish we had a war now and I could be a soldier.
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