Reading Swift's poetry, 1967–2017

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This essay surveys major scholarship on Jonathan Swift'spoetry published after 1967, the 300th anniversary of hisbirth up to the 350th, in 2017. What is the current statusof Swift as a poet, as distinct from Swift the prose satiristor even Swift the Hibernian Patriot? Is he best placed inseparate Irish or English traditions or in both? Was he amere man of rhymes or an ambitious poet? How havescholars approached his verse? Which works have receivedthe most attention? Which deserve more?
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12467
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalLiterature Compass
Issue number5
Early online date20 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2018


  • Jonathan Swift
  • poetry
  • eighteenth century
  • reading
  • satire

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