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Cassinus And Peter: A Tragical Elegy – Jonathan Swift – Oxford Scholarly Editions

The next few lines refer to other figures in Hades. Cassinus replies that he is in this state because of Celia.

No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn. His antient Pipe in Sable dy’d, And half unsmoakt, lay by peer Side.

Cassinus and Peter

We need not be entirely unsympathetic to Cassinus: Why, Plague confound her sandy Locks: 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. Summary Published inthis poem of 7-syllable couplets describes how Peter goes to visit his college friend Cassinus.

Heaven send thou hast not got the Hypps. Nor whisper to the tattling Reeds, [] The blackest of all Female Deeds. Come, tell us, has she play’d the Whore?


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 that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given aand startling couplet. Zephyr”The west wind; and poetically any calm soft wind” Johnson.

I come, I come, — Medusasee, [85] Her Serpents hiss direct at me. The shocking expletive is quite easily interpreted as a misanthropic, or even misogynistic, revulsion with the peyer.

But I was fated to be curs’d. Celia, Celia, Celia shits.

Cassinus and Peter: A Tragical Elegy

Purge”A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool” Johnson ; bleeding was a common treatment for many medical conditions. Begone; unhand me, hellish Fry; Avaunt — ye cannot say ’twas I.

Commentary With a last couplet like that, it is no wonder that this poem has a certain infamy. 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.

He finds Cassinus filthy and miserable in his dorm room and asks his friend why he is such a mess. Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades, had three heads. Miscellaneous Originally published or The Restoration and Eighteenth Century.


The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Nor blab it on the lonely Rocks, Where Echo sits, and list’ning mocks. Dear Cassythough to ask I dread, Yet, ask I must. Sunk down her nose: Now, bend thine Ear; since out it must: Beauty’s but a Varnish, Which Time and Accidents will tarnish: Not a Word come from thy lips?

Cassinus and Peter: A Tragical Elegy

The discovery of this imperfection, this failing, this humanity, however mundane, can be quite a shock. Be easy, ’tis a common Case.

Cassinus’s own physical degradation has been jarringly cassinsu with the pastoral tropes he employs, and already cawsinus is a wide gap between ideals and corporeality. He makes Peter promise not to divulge the terrible secret he has discovered about his once beloved Celia, and then tells him: How happy I, were that the worst? These Eyes, these Eyes beheld the Fact. Hyppsa contraction of “hypochondria.

But hark, The loud Cerberian triple Bark.