Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Pocket Full Of Poems

Lisa of A Light That Shines Again has initiated a poetry meme - asking bloggers to share a favorite poem on our blogs for Poem in Your Pocket Day, today - April 17, 2008! Truth be known, I always have a small book of poems in my pocket. So, I'll share.

I am reading a wonderful book called, A Rhyming History of Britain - 55 B.C. -- A.D. 1966. It is modeled after the iambic tetameters of Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Verses. Very creative idea! Here is an example:

This cheerful poem has been written
To tell the history of Britain;
From Celts to Churchill, it relates
(With all the most Important Dates)
The Country's convoluted course . . .
Why Richard hollered for a horse;
Why Eleanor was such a catch;
Why no one liked the Spanish Match;
The pros and cons of laissez-faire;
Smart Georgian ladies' underwear;
Why Charles the Second went to plays;
Why Queen Jane reigned for just nine days;
The causes of the Irish trouble;
The bursting of the South Sea Bubble;
That giant glasshouse in Hyde Park;
The First World War's igniting spark . . .



Muirden, James
A Rhyming History of Britain. New York: Walker and Co., 2003.



Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

Oooh, this looks like a fun read!

April 17, 2008 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


It is fun! And BTW what are you doing reading blogs at 10.40pm? Go to bed!


April 18, 2008 at 10:25 AM  

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