Cosmetic Poetry Comparison Essay by Peerless

Cosmetic Poetry
An analysis of Jonathan Swift's "The Progress of Beauty" and Alexander Pope's poem "The Rape of the Lock" which examine the attitude of women in 18th century society.
# 9549 | 1,721 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper examines the work of Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, both 18th Century poets who used satire to comment on the situation of the people and society. Pope's poem "The Rape of the Lock" and Swift's "The Progress of Beauty" discuss the frivolous attitude of the women of the society in different ways. This paper discusses their treatment of use of cosmetics in the above-mentioned poems.

From the Paper:

"Swift presents a double vision of women. One approach - the normally accepted - represents the historical, anti-woman Eighteenth-Century view, while the extra alludes to the mythic, mother-goddess idea of women. The dichotomy is kept in steady focus through stark, unlikely contrasts and comparisons, outrageous images, subtle verbal references and the allusions to the goddesses themselves. As a result, all the poems can be interpreted in a way that accurately the opposite of what they seem to mean on the surface."

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