It is strange that Swift has not been given more attention both on account of what he has written in verse and of what he has written about poetry. For although he did not profess to be either a poet or a critic of poetry, he is nevertheless in his casual and contemptuous manner the most extreme example that we have ever had in England of reaction against the heroic or romantic view of the poet’s function and art.
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