Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Young Writers' Month: Jonathan Swift

It may be your justification, and farther encouragement, to consider, that history, ancient or modern, cannot furnish you an instance of one person, eminent in any station, who was not in ome measure versed in poetry, or at least a wellwisher to the professors of it; neither would I despair to prove, if legally called thereto, that it is impossible to be a good soldier, divine, or lawyer, or even so much as an eminent bellman, or balladsinger, without some taste of poetry, and a competent skill in versification
Jonathan Swift gave his advice to a young poet back in 1720. His advice is still useful to writers today. Check it out.

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