Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 2, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—April 3, 2009: A Modest Proposal

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) was an Anglo-Irish essayist and satirist, probably best known today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels.  

 

The full title of his essay is A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public. It was written in 1729.  

 

It is a satire intended to bring to public attention the plight of the poor in Ireland.  The essay should be read as a reaction to both the industrial revolution and the resulting view that people were commodities to be exploited for profit.

 

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event and feel free to comment!  You can find the text at these websites: 

 

http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~rbear/modest.html

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1080

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