Re: Close, Nay, Off the Bone

by Glenda Childress


Your literary allusion to Swift's "A Modest Proposal" was spot on. For those non-English majors, this was an essay, written purposefully in the formal style of the eighteenth century, to suggest (satirically) a modest solution to the poverty and overpopulation of Ireland, then languishing under the rule of the English. Swift proposes that the Irish sell their excess babies as a tender alternative to lamb or beef for the English table.

Swift skewered the pompous and self righteous as a hard-hitting journalist/essayist of his day. There is a time when people need to be shocked into thinking about the logical outcome of their lines of thought. And if you can spoof the Lilliputian mindset of the object of your satire with a bit of humor, so much the better.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011, 6:17 AM

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