Cassinus And Peter: A Tragical Elegy · Apollo: Or, A Problem Solved: Written In · The Beasts Confession To The Priest, On Observing How Most Men. The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume English Writing and Culture from the Glorious Revolution to the French Revolution, Vol. editors: Paul. Another exploration of Swift’s anal retentive psychology in which a distraught Cassinus confesses to friend Peter that his beloved Celia has.

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The Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Why, Plague confound her sandy Locks: Miscellaneous Originally published or For all his knowledge about the world as a young scholar, and despite his facility with the literary trappings of nature, it comes as a terrible shock to Cassinus that Celia has a human body.

But that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given the startling couplet. The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: The shocking expletive is quite easily interpreted as a misanthropic, or even misogynistic, revulsion with the body.

Peter wonders if Celia has died; if she has cheated on Cassinus; if she has been struck down by some disfiguring disease; or, ultimately, if there is something terribly wrong with Cassinus.


Now, bend thine Ear; since out it must: How happy I, were that the worst? Beauty’s but a Varnish, Which Time and Accidents will tarnish: Heaven send thou hast not got the Hypps.

Cassinus and Peter: A Tragical Elegy

Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades, had three heads. Hyppsa contraction of “hypochondria.

But I was fated to be curs’d. Why, Cassythou wilt doze thy Pate: Why, hang her, though she seem’d so coy, I know she loves the Barber’s Boy. But, if you fail, my Spectre dread Attending nightly round your Bed; And yet, I dare confide in you; [] So, take my Secret, and adieu.

Cassinus And Peter: A Tragical Elegy – Jonathan Swift – Oxford Scholarly Editions

Summary Published inthis poem of 7-syllable couplets describes how Peter goes to visit his college friend Cassinus. Both Cassinus and Peter can describe and imagine decaying or sick bodies, as well as cassonus and death, but only in a hypothetical way, imbued with the mystery and distance of mythic conceits about nature.

Nor blab it on the lonely Rocks, Where Echo sits, and list’ning mocks. No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn. Nor wonder how I lost my Wits; Oh! Cassinus replies that he is in this state because of Celia. Celia, Celia, Celia shits. He finds Cassinus filthy and miserable in his dorm room and asks his friend why he is such a mess. Cassinus’s own physical degradation has been jarringly contrasted with the pastoral tropes he employs, and already there is a wide gap between ideals and corporeality.


Cassinus and Peter: A Tragical Elegy

Commentary With a last couplet like that, it is no pster that this poem has a certain infamy. Zephyr”The west wind; and poetically any calm soft wind” Johnson.

But hark, The loud Cerberian triple Bark. He makes Peter promise not to divulge the terrible secret he has discovered about his once beloved Celia, and then tells him: The discovery of this imperfection, this failing, this humanity, however mundane, can be quite a shock.

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I come, I come, — Medusapeteer, [85] Her Serpents hiss direct at me. Begone; unhand me, hellish Fry; Avaunt — ye cannot say ’twas I. Purge”A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool” Johnson ; bleeding was a common treatment for many medical conditions.

The next few lines refer to other figures in Hades.