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The anecdote sounds a little too dramatic; but there is no reason to doubt that
Swift persuaded his friend to persevere with a poem which up till then had shown
little promise of success, and it is possible that Swift not only saved the
Now Backs of Letters, though design'd For those who more will need 'em, Are fill'
d with Hints, and interlin'd, Himself can hardly read 'em. l The poem was rapidly
taking shape in the summer of 1 727, and no doubt Swift, who was always fond ...
<"It was my principal aim in the entire work to perpetuate the friendship between
us, and to show that the friends or the enemies of the one were the friends or
enemies of the other." — Pope to Swift, Oct. 9, 1729.- — The invocation to Swift
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On the whole, I did enjoy reading this poem, although I found it very difficult to read. I've heard before that it's very hard to comprehend the first time around, and I would have to agree. Although ... Read full review
The Dunciad Variorum with the Prolegomena of Scriblerus i
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