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background image Poetry Call and Response Style (of all four) Rhymed Couplets
­ Depicting superficial themes
a. Reinforces empty materialism ­ Lends itself to satire­ teasing and mocking others’ folly 1.        Johnathon Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing Room” Style
­ Mocking patriarchal love poetry
b. Cecelia – name in pastoral love poetry c. Inventory of detestable (rather than beautiful) features­ mock blazon  ­ Mock epic: references Paradise Lost  o “Secrets of the hoary deep” o Stephon’s realization = Adam’s fall o Stephon’s disillusionment of Celia = Adam’s disenchantment with Eve o Stephon snooping = Adam and Eve’s desire to eat the apple “To taint the parts from which they fell” (112) “Soon punished Stephon” (120) Celia is a gilded beautiful object (not really so beautiful)
­ Compared to the chamber pot/Pandora’s box 
a. “A cabinet to vulgar eyes” (78) 2.        (Lady Mary Wortley)     Montagu’s “The Reasons That Induced Dr. Swift to  Write a Poem Called “The Lady’s Dressing Room” Swift: Not the masculine man he pretends to be 
­ Sexually impotent for whore  criticized all women through poetry
a. SAME explanation as why men wrote horrible things about women in the  bible, according to the Wife of Bath in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales ­ Cowardly  o “The frightened hare from dogs does” (57) Bad writer; his poetry is literally only worth shit.  o “You’ll furnish paper when I shite” (89). Hypocritical
background image ­ He’s a clergyman and shouldn’t solicit prostitutes (again, HYPOCRICY)
­ Little sense
b.  “With so much rhyme and little reason” (46). ­ Physical guise like Celia:  c. “Hard featured heightened by toupée" (42).
d. “His golden snuff box” (2).
3.        Alexander Pope’s “Epistle 2: To a Lady” Pope acknowledges female oppression
­ “They seek the first [power] not to lose the second pleasure” 
Demonstrates women’s shortcomings to praise his love Martha
­ Blankness of mind and superficiality: (Women desire pleasure over knowledge)
a. Women are this way because: “A spark too fickle, or a spouse too kind . . . “  (94­100). b. “In women . . . The love of pleasure, and the love of sway” (208­210).
c. Rather, men are: “In men . . . “ (207)
In contrast, Martha is smart and knows how to use her power in the right way
­ “Oh! Blest with temper . . . ” (257­268)
­ She is Eve: “softer man” (272) 4.        Irwin’s “An Epistle to Mr. Pope Need for quality education to both all genders and classes  If Swift really wants to 
help women, he will educate them
­ “In education all the difference lies” (33)
­ “Between the hero and the rural ‘squire” (26)
­ “Women, if taught, would be bold and wise” (36)
­ “Culture improves all faults” (47) 1.        Thomas Gray’s     Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard Background
­ Renaissance love poetry is gone
a. Poets in general: “Haply some hoary­headed swain may say” (97)

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School: Towson University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: British Literature to 1798
Professor: K. Attie
Term: Summer 2015
Tags: Johnathan, Swift, Montagu, Lady's, Dressing, Room, Pope, Epistle, Lady, Irwin, elegy, thomas, Gray, Oliver, Goldsmith, Deserted, and Village
Name: Week 11 Notes
Description: Johnathan Swift's The Lady's Dressing Room, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s “The Reasons That Induced Dr. Swift to Write a Poem Called “The Lady’s Dressing Room," Alexander Pope’s “Epistle 2: To a Lady," Irwin’s “An Epistle to Mr. Pope, Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Oliver Goldsmith’s The Deserted Village
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