Jonathan Swift: The Selected Poems Background

Jonathan Swift: The Selected Poems Background

Jonathan Swift, born in Ireland in 1667, was a writer, involved in politics and poet. He wrote for the Whigs and the Tories, along with other works such as A Tale of a Tub, Gulliver's Travels, and A Modest Proposal; many of his works were done under a pseudonym, not Jonathan Swift. By the Encyclopedia Brittanica, he is one of the first prose satirist writers, leading to some writing style to be called "Swiftian."

Swift went to Trinity College, where he received a Doctor of Divinity degree. He was involved in the political troubles in Ireland, where he first supported the Whigs, but after an unsuccessful attempt, he chose to support the Tories, editing their newspaper The Examiner. He began to write some of his most famous works after this, including Gulliver's Travels, Drapier's Letters, Proposal for Universal Use of Irish Manufacture, A Modest Proposal, and The Death of Mrs. Johnson.

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