Who is Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, author, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet, and Anglican cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, hence his common sobriquet, "Dean Swift".
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 an...
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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
- 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
Foulest brute that stinks below,
Why in this brown dost thou appear? ...
Top 10 most used topics by Jonathan SwiftGood 115 Great 89 Long 84 Place 81 Head 80 True 76 Wise 72 High 65 Face 63 Thought 62
Jonathan Swift Quotes
- It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
- May you live all the days of your life.
- I row after health like a waterman...
- The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
- A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
Comments about Jonathan SwiftAhmad05094370: jonathan swift: live every day of your life.
Thiscepot: "may you live all the days of your life." -jonathan swift
Mensreapod: so much of this reads as satire, you could probably pass it off as a jonathan swift bit. wonder what he'd have done with a subpoena from this enochian nightmare?
Annia: more fun "satire" from the boys. jonathan swift would be proud!
Khalil_spencer: in the latest pythonesque version of academic life in the u.s., a wayne state prof has been suspended for a) advocating killing speakers you don't like; or b) writing a pretty good jonathan swift style satire. take your pick.
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Victor: He has a way of making great subjects very easy to be understood.