Category Archives: Literature

A Contrived Advice: A Verse With Each Word Beginning With The Letter T

Thomas Tusser In 1573, a poet and farmer named Thomas Tusser published a book entitled Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. The book mainly comprised of rhyming couplets. However, in Chapter 49, he pulled out all the stops to create the … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #40

Lawyers Two lawyers, when a knotty case was o’er, Shook hands, and were as good friends as before. “Zounds!” says the losing client, “how came you To be such good friends, who were such foes just now?” “Thou fool,” says … Continue reading

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A Contrived Math In Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark

In Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, the Butcher wanted to convince the Beaver that two plus one is equal to three, and he did it the “easy” way: Taking Three as the subject to reason about — A convenient … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #38

Irish Speak An Irishman, being ask’d if he understood French? Reply’d, “Yes, Joy, I understand French perfectly well, provided it’s spoken in Irish.” — Xavier Méfret, French and English Self-taught, 1882

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Gleanings From The Past #37

Published A disappointed literary aspirant, weary of having his articles declined with thanks, and doubtful of his critics’ infallibility, copied out ‘Samson Agonistes,’ which he rechristened ‘Like a Giant Refreshed,’ and the manuscript, as an original work of his own, … Continue reading

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“The Art of Bookkeeping”

How hard, when those who do not wish To lend, that’s lose, their books, Are snared by anglers — folks that fish With literary hooks; Who call and take some favourite tome, But never read it through; They thus complete … Continue reading

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A Curious Form Of Poetry: Univocalic Poems

Regular readers of Learn Fun Facts may already be familiar with lipograms. In today’s post, I’ll talk about another form of lipogrammatic constrained writing called univocalic. French author Georges Perec published a 300-page lipogrammatic novel La disparition in 1969. The entire … Continue reading

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