The City-Writing of Jonathan Swift’s A Description of a City Shower

Lingling ZHONG


Jonathan Swift’s poems received little attention in the past, which are replete with realism and satire. From the perspective of City-Writing, this article will analyze how Swift logically shuffled the filthy side of London into the sanctuary of poetry by means of satire and realism. Through the minute description of London, Swift gave the readers a sense of surprise and disgust to stimulate them to perform good deeds and to realize their self-redemption.


Jonathan Swift; Poetry; Satire; City-Writing.

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