Jonathan Swift marks this birthday by remarking that had Stella been only half as old (or large), he would worship her only half as much.
Jonathan Swift, detail of portrait by Charles Jervas. National Portrait Gallery via Wikimedia Commons
EDITED BY JOSEPH BOTTUM
Mr. Bottum is the author of eight books, including An Anxious Age and The Decline of the Novel. Director of the Classics Institute at Dakota State University, he has written over 800 essays, poems, reviews, and short stories in publications from the Atlantic to the Washington Post. His poetry collections include The Fall & Other Poems and The Second Spring, and he has received a 2019 Christopher Medal for his poetry in the year’s best children’s book. He lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
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