- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 11, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453691693
- ISBN-13: 978-1453691694
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Modest Proposal
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Jonathan Swift (1667 1745), a poet, satirist, and clergyman, published many satirical works, among them A Modest Proposal.</div>
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Way back then, Ireland had a population of only a million and a half. Swift calculates that there were “200,000 breeders,” and suggested that males be able to “serve” four females, a particular ratio that has a familiar ring. The people are often referred to in the same manner as animals, in terms of breeding, upbringing, and ultimate disposition. Swift frequently uses the term “Papists,” a term no longer in vogue, and indicates that his “modest proposal” would lower their numbers, a goal that he posits as worthwhile and essential.
It was good political satire in 1729. It ended so abruptly, and open-endedly that I had to independent check to determine if this Kindle version did not omit the ending – as was done in regards to a Shakespearean play I had read. But no, this version is complete. As for the satire, with our current crop of political leadership, it would be increasingly difficult to differentiate a satirical quip from an (dis)honestly held policy statement. As for Swift’s proposal, I modestly provide 4-stars.