the ancients, collects material in Nature moderns, weaves its web from itself
produces ”swetness and light” produces ”dirt and poison”
”The Tale of a Tub” (1696, published in 1704): allegorical parable; 3 brothers (Churches) inherit from the father 3 suits of clothes (Christian faith) and a will (the Scripture)
Peter (Roman Catholic Church) follows rigidly the tradition but Martin and Jack rebel and got copies of the will (translation) – Reformation and Protestantism
Swift wrote it against ’nominal’ and superficial Christianity – just like ”An Argument to Prove that the Abolishing of Christianity” (1708): false persona and negative emphasis
C/ Swift as a master of ironic satire
Gulliver’s Travels – SEMINAR!
”A Modest Proposal”- false persona, negative emphasis, tone of a cool projector - SEMINAR
D/ Swift’s tender tone in his The Journal to Stella (1710-13; p. 1765): intimate, tender, everyday matters + Swift’s verse: ”Baucis and Philemon”; ”On Stella’s Birthday”; ”A Discription of City Shower” „Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift”
”He gave the little wealth he had No nation wanted it so much.
To build a house for fools and mad; That kingdom he hath left his debtor,
And shewed, by one satirick touch, I wish it soon may have a better.”