Wednesday, May 09, 2007

And another Nige

And another thing. As it's Auden's centenary, I figured the least I could do was to direct the attention of the blogosphere to an extremely fine poem that seldom rates a mention - The Dark Years ('Returning each morning from a timeless world..' We know the feeling...). Amazingly, I cannot find the text anywhere on the web - if anyone can, please pass on the , er, 'link'. Otherwise we might have to scan our bookshelves - or even order the Shorter Poems on Amazon. There could be few sounder investments...

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  1. Poetry is as a rule, shit.

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  2. But poetry about shit rules!

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  3. No, Chip. Poetry about shit is simply shit poetry about shit.

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  4. In other words, shit on top of more shit.

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  5. One doesn't like to boast but in the hands of a lesser being, thoughts such as the above might appear rather coarse and even bordering on the vulgar.

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  6. Vulgar? Surely not.

    Swift wrote some of his best poetry when describing shit. I like his description of the rain which sends...

    Sweepings from butchers stalls, dung, guts, and blood,
    Drowned puppies, stinking sprats, all drenched in mud,
    Dead cats and turnips-tops come tumbling down the flood.

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