Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More humor from A.E. Housman

From the indispensable Laudator Temporis Acti, a glimpse at A.E. Housman's silly side:

The Latin author Lucan
When bitten by a toucan,
Exclaimed in anguish "O!
That bird must have been frantic
To cross the broad Atlantic
From distant Mexico,
And come to ancient Rome,
And bite me in my home,
And make me cry in anguish
And in the Latin language

- A.E. Housman, Miscellaneous Verses, Chiefly Educational


some guy on the street said...

Makes me think of Chesterton, and this

And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years: to shine in the firmament of heaven, and to give light upon the earth. ... the fourth day.

dylan said...

hello Meredith,

I have nominated you for the Lemonade Stand Award, for bloggers whose posts demonstrate "great attitude and gratitude"!

TS said...

Hi Meredith, just curious if you saw the New Yorker article on Hopkins and what you thought of it. (I'm sure you've forgotten more about him than I know.) Unfortunately it's not online...I included a short excerpt on my blogorhythm.

Meredith said...

Wow, thanks, Dylan!

TS: I haven't seen the article; looks interesting though. Wish I could find it online.

Bob the Ape said...

So close to inventing the clerihew, and yet so far...