Saturday, August 27, 2016

Merde, Or A Clinton Turd

art is everywhere                                                   

Jack and Jill
went up the hill ...

Back in the days when a decent college education included at least a passing nod at classical poetry, students studied such masters as Byron, Shelley, Pope, Milton, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and others.  Of course today all those old dead Englishmen have been tossed on the rubbish heap in favor of more “hip” poetry by such modern geniuses as Ginsberg, Eminem, Snoop Dog, Aquah LaLuah, and Sistah Souljah.

One poem I made sure my students were introduced to was “Ode On A Grecian Urn,” By Keats.  Many of you will remember those last two lines from this final stanza:

O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st,
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Well, since people don’t like that sorta stuff any more, I kinda brought it up to date:

Merde, Or A Clinton Turd

O dumpy shape! Harsh attitude! With cries
From dying men and power thou hast sought,
With petro dollars and “Foundation” lies;
Thou, cackling witch, art whole and fully bought
Through tricks political: Cold She-Devil!
When debts due this sacred nation waste,
Shalt thou be damned, to share Obama woe
For self, a friend to none, to whom Fate say’st,
“Evil is she, she evil,” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Prof Ron  Metzger holds our unendowed C&S Important Stuff chair .


SoylentGreen said...

Intellectual Everest! That makes me want to see a translation of "Roll yer leg Over".

Helly said...

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard

Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;

I was denied a decent college education, because the chemistry curriculum is packed full of non-poetry stuff. But I try to learn about art as an adult. Once I wrote poem. Many agree it is the best haiku ever. Look at that molecular structure!

the good things in life
the bad things in life

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Barnard, right?

Anonymous said...

I can only do limericks.

Carter was known for his peanut
For great bacon the hog you must de nut
The woman there running
Is evil and cunning
So Rodger has called her a Cnut


Anonymous said...

Endow that Chair forthwith!!

...fifthwith, even.

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