Sunday, February 28, 2010

No one-book author ...

... Patrick Kurp On Jonathan Swift’s Poetry. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I encourage the uninitiated to read Swift’s poems for the sheer fun of it and not get distracted by obsessive allusion tracking. That can come later if the experience of reading the poems proves rewarding, and the reader has the stomach for formal verse devoted to often unpleasant matters. I can’t think of another poet, not even his great friend Pope, who makes invective and smut so amusing.

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