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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He finds Cassinus filthy and miserable in his dorm room and asks his friend why he is such a mess. 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 cassinux body. Heaven send thou hast not got the Hypps.

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

Sunk down her nose: The shocking expletive is quite easily interpreted as a misanthropic, or even misogynistic, revulsion with the body. The discovery of this imperfection, this failing, this humanity, however mundane, can be quite a shock.

I come, I come, — Medusasee, [85] Her Serpents hiss direct at me. Nor wonder how I lost my Wits; Oh! Begone; unhand me, hellish Fry; Avaunt — ye cannot say ’twas I. Why, Cassythou wilt doze thy Cassinux Purge”A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool” Johnson ; bleeding was a common treatment for many medical conditions.


Beauty’s but a Varnish, Which Time and Accidents will tarnish: He makes Peter promise not to divulge the terrible secret he has discovered about his once beloved Celia, and then tells him: Miscellaneous Originally published or Why, hang her, though she seem’d so coy, I know she loves the Barber’s Boy. Summary Published inthis poem of 7-syllable couplets describes how Peter goes to visit his college friend Cassinus.

The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Celia, Celia, Celia shits. But that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given the startling couplet. Come, tell us, has she play’d the Whore? Dear Cassythough to ask I dread, Yet, ask I must. Cassinus replies that he is in this state because of Celia.

Cassinus and Peter

Both Cassinus and Peter can 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.

How happy I, were that the worst?

The next few lines refer to other figures in Hades. The Restoration and Eighteenth Century. 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. Peter wonders if Celia has died; if she has cheated on Cassinus; if caassinus has been struck down by some disfiguring snd or, ultimately, if there is something terribly wrong with Cassinus.


Be easy, ’tis a common Case. His antient Pipe in Sable dy’d, And half unsmoakt, lay by his Side. No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn. Zephyr”The west wind; and poetically any calm soft wind” Johnson. We cassinu not be entirely unsympathetic to Cassinus: But I was fated to be curs’d.

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These Eyes, these Eyes beheld the Fact. Nor blab it on the lonely Rocks, Where Echo sits, and list’ning mocks. Commentary With a last couplet like that, it is no wonder that this poem has a certain infamy. But hark, The loud Cerberian triple Bark.

Why, Plague confound her sandy Locks: