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Hello, Monday. Have a poem.


Prof of Profs, Geoffrey Brock

I was a math major—fond of all things rational.
It was the first day of my first poetry class.
The prof, with the air of a priest at Latin mass,
told us that we could “make great poetry personal,”

could own it, since poetry we memorize sings
inside us always. By way of illustration
he began reciting Shelley with real passion,
but stopped at “Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” —
because, with that last plosive, his top denture
popped from his mouth and bounced off an empty chair.

He blinked, then offered, as postscript to his lecture,
a promise so splendid it made me give up math:
“More thingth like that will happen in thith clath.”


For those who don't remember their Shelley, here's the poem in question.

---L.

Subject quote from "Troilus and Cressida," V.iii, William Shakespeare.

Originally posted at http://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/625158.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.

Comments

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swan_tower
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:22 pm (UTC)
Heee. :-)
lnhammer
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:47 pm (UTC)
More or less my reaction.
sovay
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:24 pm (UTC)
a promise so splendid it made me give up math:
“More thingth like that will happen in thith clath.”


Yay.
lnhammer
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:47 pm (UTC)
I hope that promise was kept.
nineweaving
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:36 pm (UTC)
Tee hee! How ridiculously splendid.

Nine
lnhammer
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:44 pm (UTC)
:-)
rachelmanija
Jan. 24th, 2017 04:45 am (UTC)
That is HILARIOUS.

a promise so splendid it made me give up math:
“More thingth like that will happen in thith clath.”


Has anyone EVER written a better two lines?

...Bueller?

Edited at 2017-01-24 04:46 am (UTC)
lnhammer
Jan. 24th, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC)
It's a brilliant rhyme. I half wonder if the poet made up being a math major in order to achieve it.

Edited at 2017-01-24 03:21 pm (UTC)
harvestar
Jan. 26th, 2017 07:20 am (UTC)
That's fabulous!! Lol!

lnhammer
Jan. 26th, 2017 03:03 pm (UTC)
*g*
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