Tuesday, 23 April 2013

A few more poems about authors...

the photo isn't relevant... I just like the colours...

I had great fun writing these before, and really appreciated the comments people left.  I've spent a bit less time constructing these, but... well, I had fun!  I hope to make this a bit of a series.  Let me know if you have any ideas for others, or authors you'd like to see...

What the dickens?
Oh Charles, you saw
The humble poor
In such disarming detail -
But somehow missed
In all of this
A single real female.

Mary, Mary
For dangerous and wild men you had a predilection.
You may have written Frankenstein, but - truth's stranger than fiction.

Dear Aunt Jane
"Sweet, ineffectual Jane, the dear!"
Of all misreadings, wrongest.
Her barbs will last two hundred years;
Her laughs, both loud and longest.

DostoyWHEVsky*
If reading should be nourishment,
Your book's not worth our time:
An awful lot of punishment
And hardly any crime.

*I have to admit that I've never read it...


30 comments:

  1. Well done! The Dickens one made me laugh out loud.

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  2. You captured Dickens!! And Dear Aunt Jane - she definitely will definitely get the last laugh :)

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    1. Thanks Samara! I do love Dickens, but... yes, a definite hubris.

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  3. Bravo! Bravo! A nice quartet. :)

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  4. Snort. Down my nose. While drinking chamomile tea. That, dear Simon, is what your hilarious rhymes make me do!

    Do carry on, however. I love them, and am most willing to suffer such an indignity in exchange :)

    Jane

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    1. Haha! Sorry, Jane... you'll have to be careful when you drink hot beverages around blogs ;)

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  5. Your wonderful poems could be a round for the Lit Quiz next year!? ;)

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    2. thanks for your comments.I really like it.

      non fiction publicist

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  6. I think the Dostoyevsky is my favourite. I have read 'Crime and Punishment' and did indeed find it rather punishing. Those who feel the same might enjoy this short Radio 4 item about tedious books:
    http://audioboo.fm/boos/1342030-is-life-too-short-to-read-tedious-books

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    1. Thanks David! - my book group is reading Crime and Punishment this month, but I don't think I'll have time - and I can't say its reputation makes me very keen to try!

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  7. All very clever, Simon! I chuckled aloud at all of them.

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    1. That's lovely to hear, thank you Debbie!

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  8. I love the Dickens one. It's so true! And sorry but I couldn't resist this:

    Stuck in a book Simon
    lit a light for us to shine on
    books from dim and distant past
    and bring them home.

    Even more: he wrote a rhyme on
    those he loved the best and last.

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    1. Oh, lovely, Vanessa - thank you so much! Another poem for me, after Agnieszka wrote one - I'm so flattered :)

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  9. Nicely done! I just finished Great Expectations yesterday, so I could relate to your Dickens poem. Mary, Mary is my favorite.

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    1. I do adore Great Expectations, but - well, oh Charles!

      And the more I read about Mary Shelley, the tamer I think Frankenstein is in comparison...

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  10. You have a talent! The dickens made me snort too!

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    1. That's lovely of you to say, Erica!

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  11. These are hilarious! I especially loved the Dostoyevsky and the Dickens ones, they are great! Thanks for sharing them :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Amanda, that's lovely of you!

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  12. This second series is just a lovely as the first one :)

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  13. I love these, Simon. You should definitely do this more often. Mary, Mary is my favourite; “truth’s stranger than fiction”- absolutely brilliantly written.
    I like the Dostoyevsky one as well although I don’t agree with it; I actually quite enjoyed “Crime and Punishment”.

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    1. That's lovely to hear, Agnieszka, thank you :)

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  14. Love the poems, you are so clever. The Dickens really made me laugh loud (I think the familiarity with the material helps).

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    1. Aw, thanks Ruthiella!
      And much as I love Dickens, the common criticism is true, isn't?

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