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Mr Robert Wilks (1732). The Double Dealer (1694) was a sombre, complicated but COLONIALANDASCENDANCY 47 powerful play which was not a success. His next comedy, Love for Love (1695), was Congreve's best stage play ; a conflict between youth and age in the orthodox traditions of the genre, it has traces of older traditions, for Foresight is a J onsonian figure in his devotion to astrology, and so Tattle and Scandal can make a thorough fool of him,just as Angelica mocks the elderly Sir Sampson Legend for acting the part of a heroic lover.
He gave the little Wealth he had, 'To build a House for Fools and Mad: 'And shew'd by one satyric Touch, 'No Nation wanted it so much: 'That Kingdom he hath left his Debtor. ' Swift was equally disgusted by poverty, by its lack of order, its deep misery. And satire was one remedy for it: satire could cut through the corruption, channel the rubbish out of sight, sweeten its smell, diminish the cant, and expose the stupidities for what they were. Human life was absurd, irrational, untidy, unjust.
His brother Robert Boyle (1627-91), author of The Sceptical Chymist (1661) and of many scientific essays, left Ireland for Eton at the age of four and returned on only a few occasions. Wentworth Dillon, fourth earl of Roscommon (1633-84), wrote poems, but is known for his Essay on Translated Verse (1684). All four were writing in the current classical English fashion, as were those writers listed in E. R. McClintock Dix's Catalogue of Early Printed Dublin Books 1600-1700 (1898-1912) as authors of panegyrics, odes, elegies, poems of welcome on Arrivals and good wishes for Departures.
Anglo-Irish Literature by A. Norman Jeffares (auth.)