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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Cassinus and Peter: A Tragical Elegy

Summary Published inthis poem of 7-syllable couplets describes how Peter goes to visit his college friend Cassinus. Zephyr”The west wind; and poetically any calm soft wind” Johnson.

The Restoration and Eighteenth Century. The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Why, Cassythou wilt doze thy Pate: The shocking expletive is quite easily interpreted as a misanthropic, or even misogynistic, revulsion with the body. Both Cassinus and Peter pfter describe and imagine decaying or sick bodies, as well as deceit and death, but only in a hypothetical way, imbued with the mystery and distance of mythic conceits about nature.

Miscellaneous Originally published or Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades, had three heads. Purge”A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool” Johnson ; bleeding was a common treatment for many medical conditions.


Cassinus and Peter: A Tragical Elegy

But I was fated to be curs’d. The next few lines refer to other figures in Hades.

Why, Plague confound her sandy Locks: 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. How happy I, were that the worst?

Cassinus and Peter

Celia, Celia, Celia shits. We need not be entirely unsympathetic to Cassinus: Nor blab it on the lonely Rocks, Where Echo sits, and list’ning mocks. Cassinus replies that he is in this state because of Celia. Now, bend thine Ear; since out it must: Peyer With a last couplet like that, it is no wonder that this poem has a certain infamy.

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

Nor wonder how I lost my Wits; Oh! Why, hang her, though she seem’d so coy, I know she loves the Barber’s Boy. Heaven send thou hast not got the Hypps. But hark, The loud Cerberian triple Bark. Not a Word come from thy lips?

Dear Cassythough to ask I dread, Yet, ask I must. But that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given the startling couplet. The discovery of this imperfection, this failing, peetr humanity, however mundane, can be quite a shock. 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 peger body.


Nor whisper to the tattling Reeds, [] The blackest of all Female Deeds.

Sunk down her nose: I come, I come, — Medusasee, [85] Her Serpents hiss direct at me. Beauty’s but a Varnish, Which Time and Accidents will tarnish: No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn. Hyppsa contraction of “hypochondria. He makes Peter promise not to divulge the terrible secret he has discovered about his once beloved Celia, and then tells him: He finds Cassinus filthy and miserable in his dorm room and asks his friend why he is such a mess.