A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal 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 commonly referred to as A Modest

  • Title: A Modest Proposal
  • Author: Jonathan Swift
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  • Page: 416
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  • 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, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729 Swift suggests in his essay that the impoverished Irish might ease theirA 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, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729 Swift suggests in his essay that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies By doing this he mocks the authority of the British officials A Modest Proposal is included in many literature programs as an example of early modern western satire It also serves as an exceptional introduction to the concept and use of argumentative language, lending itself well to secondary and post secondary essay courses Outside of the realm of English studies, A Modest Proposal is a relevant piece included in many comparative and global literature and history courses, as well as those of numerous other disciplines in the arts, humanities, and even the social sciences.

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  • Jonathan Swift

    Jonathan Swift was an Anglo Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer first for Whigs then for Tories , and poet, famous for works like Gulliver s Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier s Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry Swift published all of his works under pseudonyms such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B Drapier or anonymously He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

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  • Last night my daughter asked me to watch what passes for comedy to pre-teens on Nickelodeon; a show low on laughs but high on laugh track. It's Halloween week and of course the thematic drum of cheap scares and slutty costumes (those of you dads that have 11 year old girls know what it is like to take a knee at the end of the show to have a side-bar chat about this topic alone) plays large when midway through the episode a six year old girl dressed like a failing barrister circa 1735 comes firin [...]


  • This made me laugh so much. It’s just so brilliantly funny. Swift adopts a very serious tone, and an authoritative voice, that almost sounds real. He delivers his proposal in such a hilariously cold way that embodies a dejected government official. I could imagine him writing this whilst struggling to keep a straight face as he mocks the English law makers. The rich looked down upon the poor and saw them as a deplorable sub species of human, which is rather ironic because without poverty there [...]


  • One book leads to another.After listening to the audiobook "Food: A Love Story", by Jim Gaffigana hilarious walking companionI quoted a Bizzarre Line from Jim"Maybe All Americans should just eat starving people from other nations" mind went elsewhere with that line ( the complete opposite with Jim but laughed anyway).So. a little more serious --During the comments *Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)*, asked me if I had read/listened to Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal". I hadn't!Doing a little [...]


  • Book ReviewA Modest Proposal is a satirical work of fiction by Jonathan Swift, written nearly 300 years ago. It is an Irish piece, originally published anonymously, but served as a way to shove stupidity in the face of the English government and wealthy. Essentially, in order to solve the problem of poverty, people should eat their children. But it was written in a very serious manner, as though it were meant to be real suggestions. Ahead of its time, it propelled Swift to the forefront of both [...]


  • Goodreaders, my Friends, “…who peruse this [Review], Be not offended, whilst on it you [chew]: Denude yourselves of all depraved affection, For it contains no badness, nor infection: 'Tis true that it brings forth to you no birth Of any value, but in point of mirth; Thinking therefore how sorrow might your mind Consume, I could no [more] apt subject find; One [plume] of joy surmounts of grief a [duration]; Because to laugh is proper to the [rational person].”–Rabelais


  • Macabre but good example of how you can use standard arguments to convince people - no matter how appalling your opinion may be. Scary!


  • there is no better way to kick off a semester of literature than a modest proposal. one smart ass student always tries to derail the conversation with an early declaration of the proposal’s satire, but no one listens, and within moments i have a class of fifty - sixty students angry, frustrated, and sometimes rabid as i take swift’s ironic side and ask the students, with all the seriousness i can muster (which is quite a bit), if we shouldn’t give it a try? i follow that up with “why not [...]


  • This is obviously an incredible satire, which hopes to give some satisfaction to the rich. I recently reread it after reading The Sorrows of Young Mike. In John Zelazny's parody, the main character parodies Jonathan Swift's modest proposal. It is a parody within a parody and the modern twist is displayed well.



  • This review includes sensitive material that may be upsetting to some friends.(view spoiler)[I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection. I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or ragou [...]


  • I came across this essay via Scribble's review and read it in no time. I thought it would be light reading and it turned out to be something completely different. Satire at its best from Mr Swift.I read this in the dentist's waiting room this morning and it certainly waylaid my normal fear of going there. The author has come up with a "modest" (nothing modest here) proposal to aid the Irish economy, stop the begging, give mothers (the breeders) the opportunity to get an income by selling their l [...]


  • I continue to think that this supremely logical and inevitably practical work will become a part of American legislation any day now. You know, right after the FEMA camps have a permanent place in the common zeitgeist. Anyone want a potato?Update 11/19/15:It occurs to me that someone ought to write a cookbook to expound upon this most excellent suggestion. Any takers? Julia Childs? Hannibal Lector? Rush Limbaugh? So many excellent suggestions, I know, I know.


  • ++=True Satire. Update February 2016The best satirical work I think I have ever read. It is basically about how to end hunger by eating children during the eighteenth century Ireland. His main point is that there are too many people in Ireland, particularly children whose parents cannot take care of them, and therefore do not contribute anything towards the community, hence :"a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, ro [...]


  • This essay is what's known in English writing as "straight-faced" satire. Well, it's just a little too straight-faced for me. Swift's extended ironic rambling suggest's using Irish children as a food source to solve the problem of the down-trodden masses. It eliminates 100 thousand children from extended suffering, provides an income source for their poor parents, and provides table fare for the upper society. Swift was extremely aggravated with the Irish political system, the English class syst [...]


  • Here’s a quick and easy recipe for roasted young “long pig” that is guaranteed to save a few bucks come the next last-minute dinner with friends or family:What You Will NeedButcher knifeOlive oil or butterSeasonings (I have a soft spot for a pinch of Ambergris, a touch of Wattleseed, and a dash of Spanish Fly)Roasting panStep 1Trim away the end of the neck, and the end of each leg from the "knee" joint downwards. This is usually only necessary with wild-caught “long pig” because, if fa [...]


  • This proposal made by J. Swift for combating poverty and overpopulation is as simple as it is ingenious. But that's the problem with simple and ingenious ideas: There must be someone to find them. Swift was a far-sighted visionary. Although expressed at the end of the 18th century the solutions depicted in his text are still relevant to modern society. I am sure some grave problems of today would be fairly easy to solve. With only some slight modifications to Swift's proposal hunger and poverty [...]


  • Can you believe this guy? I realize that this was, like, a long time ago and things were different back then. Like, less civilized and they didn't value life like we do today and stuff. But omg, seriously! For all intensive purposes, this guy Swift was crazy. After I read this I literally cut my own head off.So apparently in the eighteenth century (and by the way, isn't it so stupid that it's called the eighteenth century when it was the 1700s? that makes like no sense at all), there was a lot o [...]


  • It's been a long time since I first read this satirical masterpiece by Swift, which reads like its title and is anything but, "A Modest Proposal". In it, the author is 'proposing' a solution to the serious problems of overpopulation, unemployment, and food shortages, not to mention providing the social and moral benefits of kinder husbands and better parents. Mr. Swift has all the economic angles figured out and presents a very convincing argument, so straightforward and valid my daughter's high [...]


  • ‘A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick’ otherwise known as simply 'A Modest Proposal' is anything but modest. 'I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection.I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most deli [...]


  • This is obviously an incredible satire, which hopes to give some satisfaction to the rich. I recently reread it after reading The Sorrows of Young Mike. In John Zelazny's parody, the main character parodies Jonathan Swift's modest proposal. It is a parody within a parody and the modern twist is displayed well.


  • Just a Monday morning thought:If ever in a situation where you should have to resort to cannibalism, eat the babies and toddlers first.Not only are they easily overpowered (and probably fairly fatty and nourishing?), but are, first and foremost, useless to the group and a burden at that.


  • Haha, I didn't know what the proposal would be! How very biting! I'm glad I wasn't spoiled before reading this. I think I'd have liked Jonathan Swift.


  • It gives a whole new meaning to "People are our greatest resource", doesn't it? This little satire made me miss Jon Stewart all over again.


  • The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and a half, of these I calculate there may be about two hundred thousand couple whose wives are breeders; from which number I subtract thirty thousand couple, who are able to maintain their own children, (although I apprehend there cannot be so many, under the present distresses of the kingdom) but this being granted, there will remain an hundred and seventy thousand breeders. I again subtract fifty thousand, for those women [...]


  • He sounded so serious in his proposal that I almost believed he was a nutjob for a split second. Brilliant satire though, I caught myself feigning a posh british accent in my head with this like I do with many of Austen's novels, I think it's the vocab that does it does it for me (even though I realize he was writing for the citizens of Ireland). How can you not say something like "Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients, 'till he hath atleast some glimpse of h [...]


  • It was a sad read for me , the words depicting mothers followed by 4, 5 or 6 children all in rags importuning every passenger for alms , reading this satirical article, one could imagine that famines, extreme poverty and conflicts that lead Jonathan Swift to write his proposal were mere past and a blissfully no such atrociousness is still present in our days, while the contrary is true.Such scenes are still very common, at least in my home country. The world is still suffering, especially childr [...]


  • It is clear to me now what the modern European politicians are doing wrong. They are, obviously, not reading their classics. Europe is in the midst of a dire financial crisis with all sorts of complicated schemes being proposed to resolve the situation. And here we have a practical and sensible solution that nobody appears to have considered, despite the fact that it has been around since 1729!If you don't have enough money to feed your kids, EAT THEM!What could be simpler?Now, the author mentio [...]


  • Written in 1729, three years after the publication of Gulliver's Travels, at the time when Ireland was reeling from famine with an estimated 35,000 wandering beggars in the country.Drought and failing crops had forced entire families to quit their farms and took the roads begging for food. Landowners, of English ancestry, ignored their sufferings and opted to live abroad to evade payment of taxes and duties. The sub-title of this story reads:"For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland [...]


  • Yet another read for my Brit Lit class. Swift's satire at it's finest. This author is one of the reasons I took the class, I enjoy his work. That being said this one was a bit shocking to me. I have always known the basics behind this piece, and his resolution to dealing with all the poor children in Ireland. That being said I spent most of my time reading this being extremely happy it was pure satire. Selling your babies to the gentry as a meat product, very strange. Early version of Soylent Gr [...]


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