A Modest Proposal | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Denis Donoghue

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of A Modest Proposal.
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Critical Essay by Denis Donoghue

SOURCE: Donoghue, Denis. “Words.” In Jonathan Swift, a Critical Introduction, pp. 117-159. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969.

In the following excerpt, Donoghue remarks on the exuberant rhetoric of A Modest Proposal.

Many features of [A Modest Proposal] are at once obvious and important; the tone of the projector fending off human and moral considerations in his economic zeal and yet, now and again, stumbling upon a cliché which conceals an ironic truth—as when the projector varies his diction and calls the people of Ireland ‘souls’; or the tour de force of out-Heroding Herod by parodying the Massacre of the Innocents. The basic technique is what Kenneth Burke calls ‘planned incongruity’, the imposition of a proper perspective by putting gross perspectives in lurid proximity. Much of Swift's irony is enforced...

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