Modest Proposal, A

Modest Proposal, A

Swift’s satire suggesting that children of the poor be used as food for the rich (1729). [Br. Lit.: “A Modest Proposal” in Harvey, 793]

Modest Proposal, A

essay in which Swift advises the Irish to eat their babies or sell them in order to relieve famine and reduce overpopulation. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 677]
See: Irony
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Modest Proposal, A (in full A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to their Parents, Or the Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to the Publick) A satiric essay by Jonathan SWIFT, published in pamphlet form in 1729.