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The Lady's Dressing Room

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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Published (first published September 6th 2009)
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Charles
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lady's Dressing Room is a scatological orgy. It is obscene to a surprising degree, but in a little boy prurient manner. Mozart would have laughed.
Will
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I mean it's fine.
Evangelina De
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Swift “The Lady’s Dressing Room” a satire that presents women as purely artificial, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s direct response, “The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to Write a Poem called “The Lady’s Dressing Room,” both offer a close examination of gender and social view within 18th century upper-class society. Swift’s poem symbolizes anti-feminist literature invading every woman’s privacy. Thus, Montagu felt the necessity to support her gender by displaying a well-written retraction ...more
Evangelina De
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Swift “The Lady’s Dressing Room” a satire that presents women as purely artificial, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s direct response, “The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to Write a Poem called “The Lady’s Dressing Room,” both offer a close examination of gender and social view within 18th century upper-class society. Swift’s poem symbolizes anti-feminist literature invading every woman’s privacy. Thus, Montagu felt the necessity to support her gender by displaying a well-written retraction ...more
Darliss
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Swift The Lady’s Dressing Room 1732

Amusing, funny, and enjoyable yet captivating, even though everyone knows women are known for being beautiful inside and out. Imagine a beautiful woman her hair color bright as sunlight shimmering as it glows with every move. High cheekbones calling attention to your eyes. Jonathan Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing Room” expresses mockery of women making his way through a dressing room discovering how horrible, filthy and grotesque females are reinforcing
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Jaideen
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
In “The Lady’s Dressing Room” by Jonathan Swift, the reader gets a playful account of what it’s like inside of a lady’s dressing room. Clearly, he was unaware that women aren’t these dainty and perfect creatures and it absolutely repulses him. Strephon makes it his business to describe the vulgarity of this woman’s dressing room which in turn gives quite the satirical and hilariously oblivious view of a man who’s been fooled all his life. Swift gives a detailed review of the things he comes into ...more
Patricia Bello
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Swift's poem is a must read literary work. This poem takes the reader through an exceedingly funny, ironic, and sarcastic point of view about women beauty through the eyes of a man. In this poem the main character is Strephon who is dating Celia. He is waiting for her to get ready because apparently, they are going out. While he is waiting he goes through her things and when he sees all that is in her room he dislikes it, complaining about all the things women do to look beautiful. "The ...more
Richard Jet
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lady's Dressing Room

In the Poem “The Lady’s Dressing Room” by Jonathan Swift, Swift takes a stab jab at women and their beauty process before presenting themselves to the world. Swift represents the overly masculine or toxic masculinity of men in the 18th century, and how his point of view still exists today. Swift uses his narration through the eyes of Strephon. Strephon waits upon his love Celia to get ready and can no longer hold on to his patience and proceeds into the dressing room. Sw
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Dominic
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dominic Schillace

In Jonathan Swift’s attempt to slander women in his poem “The lady’s dressing room” was an adorable attempt. I find his humor to be equivalent to that of a child finding a dead bug on the floor and calling it gross or icky. The poem illustrates a woman’s dressing room to be that strange he displays the scenery as though the room was a science lab of some sort. The poem itself is pleasant to read for laughs and giggles by the over exaggerated language he uses to describe women.
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Angel
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Lady's Dressing Room" by Jonathan Swift is definitely a hilarious poem in the perspective of a young man. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote a poem called The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to write a Poem called "The Lady's Dressing Room" in 1732 in response to his criticisms of women. Swift's writing perfectly portrays a snobbish gentleman (Stephron) looking down on the personal belongings of a lady (Celia). Like many individuals of the male gender, the main character, Stephron, does not seem t ...more
Danysha Reyes
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Andrea GM
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Swift, deconstructing posers since the 1600s. Absolutely loved the satire. Although it could be interpreted as rather misogynistic for some reasons, I like to think that this poem is criticising both men and women; a society based on fake and deceiving appearance which prompts itself to keep it that way. Sounds as if it was depicting our very own reality these days.
Aurélie
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a grotesque yet amazing poem.
Sofia
I was grossed out throughout most of it. Jonathan Swift sure didn't leave out any unsavoury detail in his poem which illustrates an absurd romantic delusion of women and offers an overall repulsive view of the female body. No wonder Lady Mary Wortley Montagu vehemently responded to the satire with one of her own in which she calls out Swift (whom she accuses of being the protagonist himself after experiencing sexual disappointment with a prostitute, el oh el) and criticizes the male tradition i ...more
Hayley
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the natural flow of this poem; the rhyme and metre made it such an easy read. I also loved Swift's heavy focus on the senses in the poem; there was a lot of description of sights and smells which created vivid images. The only reason I am not awarding 5 stars to 'The Lady's Dressing Room' is due to the slight inaccessibility: there were quite a few words I had to look up the meaning of, which hindered the overall processing of the content.
-k The Lady Critic
I'll always love the satire of this poem.
Samantha Maloney
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Can we just talk about how great Swift is? Can we?

Good.
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Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift published al ...more