The Ungrateful Muse: Jonathan Swift's ‘A Panegyrick on the Dean’ and Other Poems

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Abstract

An indiscriminately allusive, aggressively intertextual poem, ‘A Panegyrick on the Dean, in the Person of a Lady in the North’, is both an audacious celebration of Swift's public life in writing and a mock‐panegyric that quietly, condescendingly, queries his own continued relevance as a political commentator during his retreat from Dublin. In foolhardily attempting to prolong his career by indoctrinating his ‘grateful’ young disciple, a confessed hater of books, in building an unseemly outhouse to mark his diminished value in Ireland and in refusing to be bettered by rival satirists, Swift ironically commemorates himself as a mere writer of libels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-380
Number of pages18
JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Volume40
Issue number3
Early online date4 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2017

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