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Selected Poetry of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

"In all distresses of our friends,
We first consult our private ends;
While Nature, kindly bent to ease us,
Points out some circumstance to please us."
        (Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D., 7-10)
  1. Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers
  2. The Beasts' Confession
  3. A Description of the Morning
  4. On Stephen Duck, the Thresher and Favourite Poet
  5. A Satirical Elegy
  6. Stella's Birthday March 13, 1719
  7. Stella's Birthday March 13, 1727
  8. To Quilca, a Country House not in Good Repair
  9. Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D.

Biographical information

Given name: Jonathan
Family name: Swift
Birth date: 30 November 1667
Death date: 19 October 1745
Nationality: Irish
Family relations
          father: Jonathan Swift
          mother: Abigail Swift
          sister: Jane Fenton
          grandfather: Thomas Swift
Languages
          English
          French
          Latin
          Greek
Education
          Grammar school at Kilkenny
          Trinity College, Dublin (B.A.): 24 April 1682 to February 1686
          Hart Hall, Oxford (B.A.) to June 1692
          Hart Hall, Oxford (M.A.) to 5 July 1692
          Dublin (D.D.) to February 1701
Religion: Anglican
Politics: Whig
Patron: Harley
Literary period: Augustan
Occupations
          Dean
          Historiographer to the Queen
Residences
          Dublin
          Laracor
          Moor Park
          Upper Letcombe, Berkshire
          Whitehaven, Cumberland
          17 Hoey's Court, Dublin: 30 November 1667
Illnesses
          Paralysis
          Labyrinthine vertigo
          Aphasia
Buried at: Cathedral of St. Patrick
First RPO edition: 1997