Vocabulary in A Modest Proposal

A MODEST PROPOSAL by Dr. Jonathan Swift 1
"a child just dropt from its dam..."   (A MODEST PROPOSAL by Dr. Jonathan Swift)

While Swift still hasn’t stated his main claim regarding poverty in Ireland, this metaphor foreshadows what he eventually proposes by comparing children and their mothers to domesticated animals and consequently devaluing the lives of the poor. Note how he refers to mothers of children as breeders later on.