ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

(1667-1745)


Jonathan Swift was educated at Kilkenny (1674-82) and Trinity College Dublin (1682-88). He entered the service of Sir William Temple before being ordained in 1694. After Temple's death Swift returned to Ireland in 1699, where he was given a prebend at St. Patrick's and other clerical livings. During frequent visits to London, Swift was an associate of Addison and Steele before going over to the Tories in 1710; he was made dean of St. Patrick's in 1713 but hopes of preferment to a bishopric died with Queen Anne. Swift's later political pamphlets in defense of Ireland made him a national hero.


TEXT RECORDS:

1704The Battle of the Books.
1711A Town Eclogue.
1729 ca.A Pastoral Dialogue.

PUBLICATIONS:

A discourse of the contests and dissentions between the nobles and the commons in Athens and Rome. 1701.
Letters written by Sir W. Temple [ed. Swift]. 3 vols, 1700, 1703.
A tale of a tub. 1704.
Predictions for the year 1708. 1708.
The accomplishment of the first of Mr Bickerstaff's predictions. 1708.
An elegy on Mr. Partridge, the almanack-maker. 1708.
A vindication of Isaac Bickerstaff. 1709.
A famous prediction of Merlin. 1709.
A project for the advancement of religion and reformation of manners. 1709.
A letter from a Member of the House of Commons in Ireland. 1709.
Baucis and Philemon, imitated from Ovid. 1709.
A meditation upon a broomstick. 1710.
The examiner [contributor]. 1710-12.
The conduct of the allies, and of the late ministry. 1711.
A fable of the widow and her cat. 1711.
The fable of Midas. 1711.
A new journey to Paris. 1711.
Some advice humbly offer'd. 1712.
Some remarks on the Barrier treaty. 1712.
A proposal for correcting, improving, and ascertaining the English tongue. 1712.
Mr. Collins Discourse of free-thinking. 1713.
Part of the seventh epistle of the first book of Horace imitated. 1713.
The first ode of the second book of Horace paraphras'd. 1714.
The public spirit of the Whigs. 1714.
A proposal for the universal use of Irish manufacture. 1720.
The works of Sir William Temple, ed. Swift. 2 vols, 1720.
The bubble: a poem. 1721.
A letter to the shop-keepers, tradesmen, farmers and common-people of Ireland, concerning the brass half-pence coined by Mr Woods. 1724.
The birth of manly virtue, from Callimachus. 1725.
Fraud detected, or the Hibernian patriot. 1725.
Cadenus and Vanessa: a poem. 1726.
Travels into several remote nations of the world, in four parts, by Lemuel Gulliver. 1726.
A short view of the present state of Ireland. 1728.
The intelligencer, ed Swift. 1728.
A modest proposal. 1729.
A panegyric on the Reverend Dean Swift. 1729.
An epistle to his Excellency John Lord Carteret. 1730.
Horace, book i ode xiv, paraphrased. 1730.
An examination of certain abuses, corruptions, and enormities in the city of Dublin. 1732.
The lady's dressing room. 1732.
An elegy on Dicky and Dolly. 1732.
The life and genuine character of Doctor Swift, written by himself. 1733.
On poetry: a rhapsody. 1733.
An epistle to a lady who desired the author to make verses on her. 1734.
A beautiful young nymph going to bed. 1734.
The works. 4 vols, 1745.
An imitation of the sixth satire of the second book of Horace. 1738.
The beasts confession to the priest. 1738.
A complete collection of genteel and ingenious conversation. 1738.
Verses on the death of Dr Swift, written by himself. 1739.
Some free thoughts upon the present state of affairs written in the year 1714. 1741.
Three sermons. 1744.
Directions to servants in general. 1745.
The last will and testament of Jonathan Swift DD. 1746.
Brotherly love: a sermon. 1754.
The history of the four last years of the Queen. 1758.
Works, ed. Sir Walter Scott. 19 vols, 1824.
Poetical works, ed. Herbert Davis. 3 vols, 1937.
Prose works, ed. Herbert Davis. 14 vols, 1939-68.