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Great choice, Aunt Dora!

wendy woo
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Nov 16 2012, 3:04am


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It's got such atmosphere. And so tragic. I used to hear that poem quite a bit in high school when our school used to send students every year to a multi-school fine arts competition. Among the competitions for extemporaneous writing and speaking they also would allow poetry recitations. "The Highwayman" was very popular as well as "The Ballad of the Harp Weaver".

I've got kind of a funny one today. I don't even know what made me think of it. Maybe it comes from reading The Vicar of Wakefield recently.

An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog
by Oliver Goldsmith


Good people all, of every sort,
Give ear unto my song;
And if you find it wondrous short,--
It cannot hold you long.

In Islington there was a man,
Of whom the world might say
That still a godly race he ran,--
Whene'er he went to pray.

A kind and gentle heart he had,
To comfort friends and foes;
The naked every day he clad,--
When he put on his clothes.

And in that town a dog was found,
As many dogs there be,
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound,
And curs of low degree.

The dog and man at first were friends,
But when a pique began,
The dog, to gain some private ends,
Went mad, and bit the man.

Around from all the neighboring streets,
The wondering neighbors ran,
And swore the dog had lost his wits
To bite so good a man.

The wound it seemed both sore and sad
To every Christian eye;
And while they swore the dog was mad
They swore the man would die.

But soon a wonder came to light,
That showed the rogues they lied;
The man recovered of the bite,
The dog it was who died.

You'll see that in every contract. It's called a "sanity clause".
Ha-ha. You can't fool me. There ain't no Sanity Claus.

Subject User Time
Weekly poetry thread. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 15 2012, 1:28pm
    Great choice, Aunt Dora! wendy woo Send a private message to wendy woo Nov 16 2012, 3:04am
        Hee! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 16 2012, 1:08pm
    I will forever associate this with the Anne of Green Gables mini-series. =) // Eowyn of Penns Woods Send a private message to Eowyn of Penns Woods Nov 16 2012, 3:27am
        Along with Tennyson's The Lady of Shalot. wendy woo Send a private message to wendy woo Nov 16 2012, 3:29am
    I can beat that. silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Nov 16 2012, 6:33am
    A great poem Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Nov 17 2012, 8:44am
        Wow! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 17 2012, 3:33pm
            Great photos! Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Nov 17 2012, 5:18pm

 
 
 

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