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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How happy I, were that the worst? The shocking expletive is quite easily interpreted as a misanthropic, or even misogynistic, revulsion with the body.

Come, tell us, has she play’d the Whore? Heaven send thou hast not got the Hypps. The discovery of this imperfection, this failing, this humanity, however mundane, can be quite a shock. Nor wonder how I lost my Wits; Oh!

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. Miscellaneous Originally cassinua or The next few lines refer to other figures in Hades.

He makes Peter promise not to divulge the terrible secret he has discovered about his once beloved Celia, and then tells him: Hyppsa contraction of “hypochondria. Commentary With a last couplet like that, it is no wonder that this poem has a certain infamy. 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.


The Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Dear Cassythough to ask I dread, Yet, ask I must.

Swift, “Cassinus and Peter”

No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn. For all his knowledge about the world as a young scholar, and despite his facility with the literary trappings of nature, it comes petdr a terrible shock to Cassinus that Celia has a human body.

Both Cassinus and Peter can describe and imagine decaying or sick bodies, as well as deceit and death, pete only in a hypothetical way, imbued with the mystery and distance of mythic conceits about nature. Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades, had three heads.

Literary Encyclopedia | Cassinus and Peter

The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Nor blab it on the lonely Rocks, Where Echo sits, and list’ning mocks. Nor whisper to the tattling Reeds, [] The blackest of all Female Deeds. He finds Cassinus filthy and miserable in his dorm room and asks his friend why he is such a mess. These Eyes, these Eyes beheld the Fact.

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.

Now, bend thine Ear; since out it must: Why, Plague confound her sandy Locks: Why, Cassythou wilt doze thy Pate: But that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given vassinus startling couplet.


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Summary Published inthis poem of 7-syllable couplets describes how Peter goes to visit his college friend Cassinus. Purge”A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool” Johnson ; cassinu was a common treatment for many medical conditions. Celia, Celia, Celia shits. I come, I come, — Medusasee, [85] Her Serpents hiss direct at me.

Be easy, ’tis a common Case. Sunk down her nose: Zephyr”The west wind; and poetically any calm soft wind” Johnson. But I was fated to be curs’d. Cassinus replies that he is in this state because of Celia. Not a Word come from thy lips? Why, hang her, though she seem’d so coy, I know she loves the Barber’s Boy.

His antient Pipe in Sable dy’d, And half unsmoakt, lay by his Side.

But hark, The loud Cerberian triple Bark. Begone; unhand me, hellish Fry; Avaunt — ye cannot say ’twas I. Beauty’s but a Varnish, Which Time and Accidents will tarnish: We need not be entirely unsympathetic to Cassinus: