Is Swift's "A Modest Proposal" an example of Horatian or Juvenalian Satire?

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Oct 14, 2017



Horatian satire is gentler, an acknowledgement that its subject shares the same flaws and shortcomings as the rest of humanity. Juvenalian is harsher and more accusatory in tone, suggesting that its target is indulging in behavior the rest of humanity would find appalling--in Swift's instance, the suggestion that the upper classes should start eating Irish babies.