10/5/03 Those old soldiers I happen to like Cantankerously I have responded to my friend Geoff Page’s “ReVerse” column in the Canberra Times where he colludes with Jonathan Swift’s stereotyping of the Duke of Marlborough in the former’s poem, “On the Death of a Famous General”. My e-mail ran as follows. Geoff, Marlborough was not an old style Tory and Swift draws no defence either from this, or anything else in his “Satyrical Elegy”. The more I contemplate Swift’s poem, the more I dislike it. Marlborough’s allegiance was to the Whigs, not the Tories. His defection from James II…
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