Grammatical Principles

Imitation of Swift's Style

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Work individually to write in Swift’s style.

  • In one or two more paragraphs, continue Swift’s essay with your own ideas, explaining or describing a solution to the problem Swift has identified. Try imitating Swift’s style, maintaining his tone with similar word choices, sentence structures, irony, and hyperbole where appropriate.
  • Next write another paragraph or two, again in Swift’s style, where you propose a satirical or humorous solution to the problem.
  • Share your paragraphs with a partner or small group and discuss the different approaches you each took. Referring to the opening sentences, identify why you made the choices that you did in words, syntax, and so on.

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