Tag Archives: Jonathan Swift

Trump’s Debate and Swift’s City Shower

Trump’s torrent of lies in Thursday’s debate brings to mind Swift’s poem “Description of a City Shower.”

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Gulliver Reminds Us of Civic Virtue

Is civic virtue becoming a relic of the past? Gullliver’s Travels can help keep it alive.

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Swift Foresaw ChatGPT’s Problems

Swift anticipated ChatGPT in “Gulliver’s Travels,” along with the problems that have arisen.

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To Be Trump’s VP, Leap and Creep

The competition to be Trump’s VP resembles the stick leaping and crawling contest in Lilliput.

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On Gulliver and Biden Putting Out Fires

Disagreeable measures used to combat Covid were like Gulliver pissing on a palace fire to save the structure.

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Beware Freeing an Authoritarian Gulliver

Dreams of a strongman freeing himself from Lilliputian ropes is a dangerous fantasy, Swift explains.

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A Swift Birthday Poem for Julia

In which I use one of Swift’s birthday poems to celebrate my Julia’s birthday.

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Poet Hart Crane on Forgetting

Crane’s poem “Forgetfulness” captures the ambiguity of this mental state.

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Lit Heals By Keeping Us Off Balance

Different literary techniques have been used over the centuries to keep us on our toes.

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