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Without fail, these satirists adopt Swift's spirited deceptiveness: their texts are predominantly ironic, framed by Swiftian prefatory apparatus, and they mimic his fantastically fictional names and places.
To raise the ante, Pope takes a more lethal Swiftian device--the rhetoric of annihilation so different from the rhetoric of accommodation and preservation in the notes to the Iliad.
If Remo Ceserani's tale of a "voyage to Italy through the vices (and virtues) of its intellectuals" is less than Swiftian in its savagery, this is perhaps because the author is a card-carrying member of the mandarin class whose excesses are lampooned in it.
In his detached style of portraiture, the commonplace serves as a vehicle for a Swiftian kind of satire; he takes immense care to animate objective description with damning detail that speaks for itself.
Franken, who grew up in Minnesota in a family of Republicans, is funniest when he follows himself around the political firmament - a kind of Swiftian odyssey into the belly of the electoral beast.
Here OED does not come up with any Swiftian usage, but this is because an apposite example has been wrongly placed under lb.
Probably because, when ridiculed, they tend to be unimpressed by the Swiftian defence, and prefer to exact a bit of good old-fashioned violent retribution instead.
I am suggesting that by taking advantage of what is available in the form of numerous platforms (or stages-itinerant, another Swiftian term), an intellectual's alert and creative willingness to exploit them (that is, platforms that either aren't available to or are shunned by the television personality, expert or political candidate) creates the possibility of initiating wider discussion.
My mistress's eyes are nothing like the sun" looks milksop stuff beside this: it carries anti-Petrarchanism to Swiftian extremes.
That may represent both an artistic if not social breakthrough for the Grove, where titters of recognition flare up consistently from an audience obviously staring into a Swiftian mirror.
For all the half-affectionate laughter at "Old England's" expense, however, England, England is a novel of downright Swiftian darkness and ferocity.
As David Skilton has noted, however, the work's irony "is not adequate to support a Swiftian satire .