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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Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades, had three heads. Sunk down her nose: Cassinus replies that he is in this state because of Celia. Commentary With a last couplet like that, it is no wonder that this poem has a certain caasinus. But, if you fail, my Spectre dread Attending nightly round your Bed; And yet, I dare confide in you; [] Wnd, take my Secret, and adieu. The next few lines refer to other figures in Hades. 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. Nor wonder how I lost my Wits; Oh! 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.



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. Not a Word come from thy lips?

Cassinus and Peter

I come, I come, — Medusasee, [85] Her Serpents hiss direct at me. The shocking expletive is quite easily interpreted as a misanthropic, or even misogynistic, revulsion with the body. Begone; unhand me, hellish Fry; Avaunt — ye cannot say ’twas I. Why, Plague confound her sandy Locks: 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.

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. Be easy, ’tis a common Case.

Nor blab it on the lonely Rocks, Where Echo sits, and list’ning mocks. He finds Cassinus filthy and miserable in his dorm room and asks his friend petsr he is such a mess. No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn.


Swift, “Cassinus and Peter”

These Eyes, these Eyes beheld the Fact. Hyppsa contraction of “hypochondria.

Heaven send thou hast not got the Hypps. The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: But I was fated to be curs’d.

His antient Pipe in Sable dy’d, And half unsmoakt, lay by his Side. But that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given the startling couplet. Now, bend thine Ear; since out it must: Why, hang her, though she seem’d so coy, I know she loves the Barber’s Boy. How happy I, were that the worst?

We need not be entirely unsympathetic to Cassinus: Miscellaneous Originally published or But hark, The loud Cerberian peteg Bark. Dear Cassythough to ask I dread, Yet, ask I must. Come, tell us, has she play’d the Whore?