Poems of Jonathan Swift, Volume One cover

Poems of Jonathan Swift, Volume One

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

1. Ode to Doctor William Sancroft
2. Ode to Sir William Temple
3. Ode to King William
4. Ode to the Athenian Society
5. To Mr. Congreve
6. Occasioned by Sir William Temple etc.
7. Written in a Lady's Ivory Table Book
8. Mrs. Frances Harris's Petition
9. A Ballad on the Game of Traffic
10. A Ballad to the tune of Cutpurse
11. The Discovery
12. The Problem
13. The Description of a Salamander
14. To Charles Mordaunt, Earl of Peterborough
15. On the Union
16. On Mrs. Biddy Floyd
17. The Reverse
18. Apollo Outwitted
19. Answer to Lines from May Fair
20. Vanbrugh's House ver.1
21. Vanbrugh's House ver.2
22. Baucis and Philemon ver.1
23. Baucis and Philemon ver.2
24. The History of Vanbrugh's House
25. A Grub Street Elegy
26. The Epitaph
27. A Description of the Morning
28. A Description of a City Shower
29. On the Little House
30. A Town Eclogue
31. A Conference
32. To Lord Harley on his Marriage
33. Phyllis
34. Horace, Book IV, Ode ix
35. To Mr. Delany
36. An Elegy
37. To Mrs. Houghton and Window Verses
38. Apollo to the Dean
39. News from Parnassus
40. Apollo's Edict
41. The Description of an Irish Feast
42. The Progress of Beauty
43. The Progress of Marriage
44. The Progress of Poetry
45. The South Sea Project
46. A Prologue on Stroller Licensing
47. Epilogue to Mr. Hoppy
48. Prologue for the Weavers
49. Epilogue for the Weavers
50. Answer to Prologue and Epilogue
51. On Gaulstown House
52. The Country Life
53. Dr. Delany's Villa and Delville Window
54. Carbery Rocks
55. Copy of the Birthday Verses on Mr. Ford
56. On Dreams
57. Dr. Delany to Dr. Swift and The Answer
58. A Quiet Life and a Good Name and Advice
59. A Pastoral Dialogue
60. Desire and Possession
61. On Censure
62. The Furniture of a Woman's Mind
63. Clever Tom Clinch
64. Dr. Swift to Mr. Pope
65. A Love Poem
66. Bouts Rimez
67. Helter Skelter
68. The Puppet Show
69. The Journal of a Modern Lady
70. The Logicians Refuted
71. The Elephant; or the Parliament Man
72. Paulus Epigram and The Answer
73. A Dialogue
74. On Burning a Dull Poem
75. An Excellent New Ballad
76. On Stephen Duck
77. The Lady's Dressing Room
78. The Power of Time
79. Cassinus and Peter
80. A Beautiful Young Nymph
81. Strephon and Chloe
82. Apollo; or A Problem Solved
83. The Place of the Damned
84. The Day of Judgment
85. Judas
86. An Epistle to Mr. Gay
87. To a Lady
88. Epigrams on Busts in Richmond Hermitage
89. Swift's Birthday Presents
90. An Invitation, by Dr. Delany
91. The Beasts' Confession
92. The Parson's Case
93. The Hardship upon the Ladies
94. A Love Song
95. The Storm
96. Ode on Science
97. A Young Lady's Complaint
98. On the Death of Dr. Swift
99. On Poetry, a Rhapsody
100. Verses sent to the Dean on his Birthday
101. Epigram by Mr. Bowyer
102. On Psyche
103. The Dean and Duke
104. Swift on his own Deafness
105. The Dean's Manner of Living
106. Verses for Fruit Women
107. On Rover, a Lady's Spaniel
108. Epigrams on Windows
109. To Janus, on New Year's Day
110. Miscellaneous
111. An Apology to Lady Carteret
112. The Birth of Manly Virtue
113. On Paddy's Character
114. An Epistle to Lord Cartaret by Delany
115. An Epistle upon an Epistle
116. A Libel on Dr. Delany and Lord Carteret
117. To Dr. Delany on the Libels
118. Directions for a Birthday Song
119. The Pheasant and the Lark
120. Dean Smedley's Petition to the Duke
121. Parody on a Character of Dean Smedley

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    Sit back and listen to these light-hearted witty rhymes and see the world Jonathan Swift saw -- and maybe recognize your own. Think there is such a thing as corrupt rich guys who pretend they're God's gift to the world? So did Swift. Think some of these types strut around as if calls of nature don't apply to them? So did Swift. In one hilarious poem, he even describes gold diggers fighting over the loaded gentleman's gaseous offerings! His poem On Poetry, A Rhapsody, censored for treasonous mocking of the royal family, is in its rare uncensored form here. As free as he himself is with his sharp tongue against the blackened rich and corrupt , he knows others might have to kiss up to eat. So he includes many verses of advice on how to go about lying for a living, for example, "Your interest lies to learn the knack Of whitening what before was black." Despite the decay and hypocrisy he sees all around him he stays upbeat throughout -- even making fun out of his own tragic onset of deafness. You already know this giant of English literature for the great feast of prose he left us. Think of these delicious poems here as your sinful dessert.