Swift’s The Lady’s Dressing Room

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at how reading the poem alongside Swift’s notorious essay, `A Modest Proposal` highlights the intentional irony of the poem, and makes it appear less likely to be the product of a misogynistic mind.

`Jonathan Swift’s poem `The Lady’s Dressing Room” is highly debated. Some readers think it is sophisticated irony that makes fun of male perceptions of femininity, while other readers see it as a misogynistic and vindictive piece which sportingly degrades the female body for fun. While it can be read either way, reading the poem alongside Swift’s notorious essay `A Modest Proposal` highlights the intentional irony of the poem, and makes it appear less likely to be the product of a misogynistic mind.”


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