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Jonathan Swift

(30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745 / Dublin)

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A Beautiful Young Nymph Going To Bed


Corinna, Pride of Drury-Lane,
For whom no Shepherd sighs in vain;
Never did Covent Garden boast
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  • Sjana Tait (8/24/2013 2:28:00 AM)

    And that's why you got her pregnant 6 times...dnt worry its our little secret ;) Gz up & so is ur son, welp gotta go (Report) Reply

  • Francisca Darko (8/24/2012 5:11:00 PM)

    I actually like this poem. I think the words are witty and the sarcasm he ususes in such an offhand way makes it enjoyable to read. It describes a woman in his time but it can also describe a woman in our time and for that I think it's quite brilliant. (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (8/24/2012 3:40:00 PM)

    It's a beautifully satirical poem, skewering society's grotesque disfigurement of women in pursuit of an ideal beauty. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/24/2012 10:22:00 AM)

    What a filthy poem! It is larded thick with a stinking misogyny. There is no charity here, only the sniggering of a woman-hating little boy with talent but no heart. Some poems may be technically first class but indicative of a sick mind. It is of the same type as Swift's The Lady's Dressing Room. An equally obnoxious poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/24/2011 1:09:00 PM)

    Life of a luxurious lady is well described by the famous satirist Jonathan Swift! Is it a criticism or just a description? He only knows! (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/24/2011 2:10:00 AM)

    No, sorry, please think of the different parts of beauty, gathering which nature becomes beautiful. A canvass, partly does not bring pleasure, but after finishing by a painter it becomes a piece of beauty. Just Corrina, the story of making oneself platable for business world is a material part of meaning but at the same time the agony beneath the shadow of artificial temporariness of our existence reflects intensely through the spirit of writing. Beauty meets a point of unification otherwise ugliness will dominate the whole. Never it can't be. A man, always try to display himself by so many diformities, separately all the things are very ridiculous but as a whole it becomes a matter of beauty. Nice work to demonstrate our helplessness on the surface. Very small we are, but always try to impose ourselves as the creator of the universe gathering so many dirts from existing society to our personality (Report) Reply

  • Claire Hastie (8/24/2009 4:11:00 PM)

    Ha ha, it could have been written about all the fake woman there are today...fake hair, fake boobs, fake teeth, fake nose, etc, etc (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (8/24/2009 11:29:00 AM)

    Here we go again! All the way from the guy who 'looks' (reads?) Titus Andronicus to the resident expert who has to google for certitude! The humor and genius of the poem about Corinna the beautiful young nymph preparing for bed goes all the way back to Shakespeare's sonnets about his dark lady. Way past Family Guy and stuff like that, though both the creator of Guy and Swift share a common attitude about women, especially the drabs who frequent street corners and doorways from London to Los Angeles! (Report) Reply

  • Steven S (8/24/2009 8:34:00 AM)

    The genius of Swift... seems he knew a girl the opposite of my Jenna. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/24/2009 5:43:00 AM)

    What a brilliant but unpleasant poem. I can see this in Family Guy - one of those surreal backflashes that Peter has perhaps. The surgical nastiness with which Swift unmakes his beautiful woman is mysogynistic. I do not know but I would wager Swift had a bad experience with a woman. Did he get the pox? I shall have to google! (Report) Reply

  • James Niles (8/24/2007 10:56:00 AM)

    I was looking at Titus Andronicus and wondering whether the Elizabethans would give it an 'R' rating. Starting the morning with a belly laugh is probably healthy, and it's reassuring to know that sveldt raucous humor(humour) existed in the 18th Century. It's also good to know that the girls walking on Streets like Western Ave in LA,8th St in NY (Giulani moved them a couple of blocks away from Times Square, so Disney could move Lindsay Lohan in-another fabulous role model. The way she's gettin' plastered, she'll need more than a bandaid.) or Drury Lane (? Where in London are they now?) , haven't changed a bit. (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (8/24/2007 9:02:00 AM)

    Oh how I love this poem! He fits it all into perfect comparisons - a ship and a beautiful but not flawless woman? He loves her in spite of her flaws. What a great poem - I will read more of his work. (Report) Reply

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