British Literature: The Extended 18th Century
England's Regency period (1795 to 1837) was defined by distinct British trends and achievements, rules of society and inheritance, and the rise of novels, such as those by Jane Austen.
Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College
The famous poem that coined the phrase, "Igorance is bliss; 'Tis folly to be wise."
A Modest Proposal
In this humorous satirical essay, Swift makes a ridiculous suggestion: that the nation of Ireland eat children in order to solve the poverty problem.
Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice
The snobbish Lady Catherine de Bourgh visits Elizabeth to insult her social position and convince her not to marry Darcy.
A Description of A City Shower
In this humorous poem, Swift exposes the shortcomings of city life, particularly the lack of adequate plumbing, which becomes a problem for everyone when it rains.
A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General
Swift uses humor to show that even decorated generals cannot fight off death.
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
A man speculates on the lives of the dead — and what may be said of him, after death — as he walks through a country churchyard.