Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) was the bitterest satirist of 18th century. was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs-A political party in UK, then for the Tories-Conservative Party of UK), poet and cleric(যাজক) who became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.
He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, Drapier’s Letters as MB Drapier or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire, the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.
Well Known works of Jonathan Swift
1. An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity(Essay).
2. A tale of a tub: was the first major work written by Jonathan Swift, arguably his most difficult satire and perhaps his most masterly.
3. Gulliver’s Travels: It is Swift’s best known full-length work.
4. A modest Proposal: A satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as British policy toward the Irish in general.
5. Drapier’s Letters: A series of seven pamphlets.
6. The battle of the book: A satire.
Quotes from Jonathan Swift
1. We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
2. A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
3. Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.
4. The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
5. Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.