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.
|Published (Last):||25 August 2018|
|PDF File Size:||3.54 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||9.25 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Summary Published inthis poem of 7-syllable couplets describes how Peter goes to visit his college friend Cassinus. Commentary With a last couplet like that, it is no wonder that this poem has a certain infamy. Be easy, ’tis a common Case.
Save this article
Nor wonder how I lost my Wits; Oh! Why, hang her, though she seem’d so coy, I know she loves the Barber’s Boy. Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades, had three heads. Begone; unhand me, hellish Fry; Avaunt — ye cannot say ’twas I. Now, bend thine Ear; since out it must: We need not be entirely unsympathetic to Cassinus: Beauty’s but a Abd, Which Time and Accidents will tarnish: Celia, Celia, Celia shits.
Dear Cassythough to ask Cassibus dread, Yet, ask I must. He makes Peter promise not to divulge the terrible secret he has discovered about his once beloved Celia, and then tells him: Why, Cassythou wilt doze thy Pate: Not a Word come from thy lips? The discovery of this imperfection, this failing, this humanity, however mundane, can be quite a shock.
Nor blab it on the lonely Rocks, Where Echo sits, casinus list’ning mocks. Zephyr”The west wind; and poetically any calm soft wind” Johnson.
But I was fated to be curs’d. The Cassinuz and Eighteenth Century. Why, Plague confound her sandy Locks: Cassinus replies that he is in this state because of Celia.
No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn. 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. His antient Pipe in Sable dy’d, And half unsmoakt, lay by his Side.
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. 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. Sunk down her nose: I come, I come, — Medusasee,  Her Serpents hiss direct at me. Hyppsa contraction of “hypochondria. He finds Cassinus filthy and miserable in his dorm room and asks his friend why he is such a mess.
The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: How happy I, were peteg the worst?
But that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given the startling couplet. These Eyes, these Eyes beheld the Fact.
Literary Encyclopedia | Cassinus and Peter
For all his knowledge about the world as a young scholar, and despite his facility with the literary trappings of nature, it comes as a terrible shock to Cassinus that Celia has a human body. But hark, The loud Cerberian triple Bark.
Miscellaneous Originally published or Nor whisper to the tattling Reeds,  The blackest of all Casssinus Deeds. 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.
The next few lines refer to other figures in Hades. 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. Purge”A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool” Johnson ; bleeding was a common treatment for many medical conditions.