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Swift wrote plain perfection of prose Comment Many critics like William Deans Howells TS Eliot etc have called Jonathan Swift the greatest writer of prose like TS Eliot says that Swift the greatest writer of English prose and the greatest man who has ever written great English prose But there are reasons for this greatness One of the main reasons is that Swift wrote in a very plain and downright style He didnt use any embellishments At times when Swift was writing serious stuff this same plain style appears dry but when writing humorously this same plainness gives his wit a singular edge Swift didnt use ornate or rhetorical language he said what he had to in simply without any affectation as Hugh Blair says His style is of the plain and simple kind free of all affectation and all superfluity perspicuous manly and pure And at times his style appears so simple that its seems like anybody with a little sense of writing could write like him but in this same simple ness of manner lies Swifts greatness like Scott says Swifts style seems so simple that one would think any child might write as he does and yet if we try we find to our own despair that it is impossible This same simplicity of style in Gullivers Travels corresponds to the naivet and simplicity of Gulliver Another important feature of Swifts prose is that he uses the common touch In other words everybody can understand his language that is why even children can read his books with so much enjoyment Also Swift addresses people as rational and political beings making them his equals For example in Drapiers Letters Swift uses the same language of the class which he is addressing ie rough and shrewd Swift doesnt write long sentences or speeches or difficult words And he familiarizes with the people by using their
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