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I would like to focus my work on Jonathan Swifts A Modest Proposal and Alexander Popes The Rape of the Lock I chose those two works especially because they are both satirical critisizing the contemporary society in England in the eighteenth century To begin with I would like to give a few details on the life of Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift 1667 - 1745 who is supposed to be one of the greatest ironist in English literature was born in Dublin Ireland after his fathers death Although his family was not very rich he was given the best education at Trinity College which was even improved during the years he spent in England working as a secretary for Sir William Temple a retired Whig diplomat Their relationship was a bit unbalanced and made Swift leave for Ireland where he became an Anglican parish priest Nevertheless he came back to England again and stayed with Sir Temple until Temples death Later he left the Whigs and started to support the Tories and was named dean of St Patricks Cathedral in Ireland where he lived for a long time after the fall of the ministry He was considered one of the greatest of Irish Patriots as he manifested his sympathy for Ireland in number of pamphlets and essays A Modest Proposal in its full title A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from being a Burden to their Parents or country and for Making Them Benefical to the Public published in 1729 was his last essay on Ireland as he later turned to writing mostly poetry Although it was his last essay I would not say it was any worse from his previous writings In A Modest Proposal Swift reacts against the exploitation of Ireland by England by offering a solution to the problem of the increasing number of poor people in
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