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Sentences such as "_____" make it clear that Swift's satire in "A Modest Proposal" is NOT Horatian but Juvenalian.

It is true, a Child just dropt from its Dam, may be supported by her Milk, for a Solar year, with little other Nourishment, at most not above the Value of two Shillings . . .

How this number shall be reared, and provided for, which, as I have already said, under the present Situation of Affairs, is utterly impossible by all the methods hitherto proposed . . .

I am assured by our merchants, that a Boy or a Girl before twelve years Old, is no saleable Commodity, and even when they come to this Age, they will not yield above three Pounds, or three Pounds and half a Crown at most . . .

I have reckoned upon a Medium, that a Child just born will weigh 12 pounds, and in a solar Year, if tolerably nursed encreaseth to 28 pounds.

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  • The answer is: It is true, a Child just dropt from its Dam, may be supported by her Milk, for a Solar year, with little other Nourishment, at most not above the Value of two Shillings . . .

    A Juvenalian satire is refer to the use of biter and ironic criticism in literature, it is filled with pessimism, indignation, anger. The literary figure was name like that after Juvenal who denounced roman society and style particularly used by Jonathan Swift in his worked such as Gulliver’s travels 1726. In this except we can see a sample of its use.

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