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 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.
Narrator Robert Blumenfeld understands the sardonic attitude of Jonathan Swift's Juvenalian satire perfectly, and he utilizes a pompous, flowery tone in his performance with obvious relish. Swift suggests in his essay that the impoverished Irish might improve their lot by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. Much like Swift, Blumenfeld doesn't hold back and describes the possible preparation styles for the children and calculations showing the financial benefits of cannibalism with humorously exaggerated condescension and smugness. Listeners will be truly entertained by his fun approach to Swift's most famous work.
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A Classic Work of Satire Brought to Life
Not an easy text to bring to live but Mr Blumenfeld does a cracking job - if only modern satire was this good
The history and bang up to date nature of the text
The letters to the Irish (or about) are all exceptional
What a very brave man he must have been?!
Each chapter is a stand alone piece which is handy
A modest proposal
Very professional reading
No too long
There is no actual list of what's included in the the description so here it is.
When I come to be old (1695)
The story of the injured lady
The answer to the injured lady
The bickerstaff papers
The death of mr partridge
A vindication of Issac bickerstaff
The abolishing of Christianity
The tatler no 230
The examiner no 13
The examiner no 14
The examiner no 20
Journal to Stella letter 5
Journal to Stella letter 17
A hue and cry after dismal
A sermon on false witness
A letter to a young gentleman
Swift to Charles ford
A proposal for the universal use of Irish manufacture
Letter dr swift to mr pope
Swift to esther vanhomrigh
The drapiers letters 1 & 4
Swift to Thomas Sheridan
Swift to Alexander pope
Holyhead journal 1727
On the death of mrs johnson
A short view of the state of Ireland
The intelligencer no 3 & 9
A modest proposal
An examination of certain abuses etc in Dublin
Swift to Andrew fountain
Directions to servants
Directions to the footman