Another modest proposal…

It occurred to me that my previous proposal was Swiftian. And then another proposal occurred to me, based upon the notion that Jonathan Swift was not genius to be held up for all to admire; rather he is an example of what humans can do: be humorous, purposeful, pointed. So our literature classes could be a whole lot less lecture and discussion and even reading, and a whole lot more imitation: You have now read two Swift pieces, now try your hand at a half dozen satires of your own. See what you can pick up of the art. See what you can now observe of Swift’s practice of the art. What does he do well? What do you do better? Learn in your fingers as well as your head.

:- Doug.

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