Poetic Inspiration

Jonathan Swift, extract from chapter II of Gulliver’s Travels (1726), in which the narrator describes his encounter with the Laputian islanders. It’s interesting that even in a strange and imagined island, the sun would feture as a cultural emblem:

Their heads were all reclined, either to the right, or the left; one of their eyes turned inward, and the other directly up to the zenith. Their outward garments were adorned with the figures of suns, moons, and stars; interwoven with those of fiddles, flutes, harps, trumpets, guitars, harpsichords, and many other instruments of music, unknown to us in Europe.