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.

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The shocking expletive is quite easily interpreted cxssinus a misanthropic, or even misogynistic, revulsion with the body. Heaven send thou hast not got the Hypps. 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.

Be easy, ’tis a common Case. Miscellaneous Originally published or Begone; unhand ajd, hellish Fry; Avaunt — ye cannot say ’twas I. Nor blab it on the pdter Rocks, Where Echo sits, and list’ning mocks. I come, I come, — Medusasee, [85] Her Serpents hiss direct at me. These Eyes, these Eyes beheld the Fact.

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. Beauty’s but a Varnish, Which Time and Accidents will tarnish: But hark, The loud Cerberian triple Bark.


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No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn. 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.

Why, Cassythou casdinus doze thy Pate: Now, bend thine Ear; since out it must: Celia, Celia, Celia shits. Dear Cassythough to ask I dread, Yet, ask I must. Both Cassinus and Peter can describe and imagine decaying or sick bodies, as well as csasinus and death, but only in a hypothetical way, imbued with the mystery and distance of mythic conceits about nature.

Cassinus replies that he is in this state because petre Celia. The discovery of this imperfection, this failing, this humanity, however mundane, can be quite a shock. 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. Summary Published inthis poem of 7-syllable couplets describes how Peter goes to visit his dassinus friend Cassinus.

Come, tell us, has she play’d the Whore? Not a Word come from thy lips? The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: He makes Peter promise not to divulge the terrible secret he has discovered about his once beloved Celia, and then tells him: The next few lines refer to other figures in Hades. Why, Znd confound her sandy Locks: How happy I, were that the worst?


His antient Pipe in Sable dy’d, And half unsmoakt, lay by his Side.

The Restoration and Eighteenth Century. But I was fated to be curs’d. Purge”A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool” Johnson ; bleeding was a common treatment for many medical conditions. Nor wonder how I lost my Wits; Oh!

We need not be entirely unsympathetic to Cassinus: But that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given the startling couplet.

Why, hang her, though she seem’d so coy, I know she loves the Barber’s Boy. Commentary With a last couplet like that, it is no wonder that this poem has a certain infamy. Zephyr”The west wind; and poetically any calm soft wind” Johnson.

Cassinus and Peter: A Tragical Elegy

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. Nor whisper to the tattling Reeds, [] The blackest of all Female Deeds. Sunk down her nose: Hyppsa contraction of “hypochondria.