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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Cassinus and Peter

Why, hang her, though she seem’d so coy, I know she loves the Barber’s Boy. Sunk down her nose: Begone; unhand me, hellish Fry; Avaunt — ye cannot say ’twas I. Cassinus replies that he is in this state because of Celia. But I was fated to be curs’d. Summary Published inthis poem of 7-syllable couplets describes how Peter goes to visit his college friend Cassinus.

These Eyes, these Eyes beheld the Fact. Miscellaneous Originally published or Purge”A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool” Johnson ; bleeding was a common treatment dassinus many medical conditions. We need not be entirely unsympathetic to Cassinus: How happy I, were that the worst?

Peter wonders if Celia has died; if she has cheated on Cassinys if she has been struck down by some disfiguring disease; or, ultimately, if there is something terribly wrong with Cassinus.


The shocking expletive is quite easily interpreted as a misanthropic, or even misogynistic, revulsion with the body.

Beauty’s but a Varnish, Which Time and Accidents will tarnish: Come, tell us, has she play’d the Whore? He finds Cassinus filthy and cassinu in his dorm room and asks his friend why he is such a mess. He makes Peter promise not to divulge the terrible secret he has discovered about his once beloved Celia, and then tells him: No, replies Cassinus, to each of these in turn.

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Hyppsa contraction of “hypochondria. Nor blab it on the lonely Rocks, Where Echo sits, and list’ning mocks.

Now, bend thine Ear; since out it must: Be easy, ’tis a common Case. Zephyr”The west wind; and poetically any calm soft ahd Johnson.

The Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Celia, Celia, Celia shits. But hark, The loud Cerberian triple Bark. But that is to forget the rest of the poem easy to do, given the startling couplet.

The discovery of this imperfection, this failing, this humanity, fassinus mundane, can be quite a shock.

Nor wonder how I lost my Wits; Oh! But, if you fail, my Spectre dread Attending nightly round your Bed; Caesinus yet, I dare confide in you; [] So, take my Secret, and adieu. Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades, had three heads.


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His antient Pipe in Sable dy’d, And half unsmoakt, lay by his Side. Dear Cassythough to ask I dread, Yet, ask I must. Why, Cassythou wilt doze thy Pate: 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.

Not a Word come from thy lips?

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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. Nor whisper to the tattling Reeds, [] The blackest of all Female Deeds.

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. Why, Plague confound her sandy Locks: I come, I come, — Medusasee, [85] Her Serpents hiss direct at me.

Heaven send thou hast not got the Hypps.