Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” in “N Plus 7” Oulipo

In 1999, Harry Matthews presented an “Oulipian” rendition of Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” during a lecture on the Oulipo in Key West, Florida. Matthews belonged to the group, “Oulipo” or OuLiPo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle) which translates to Workshop of Potential Literature. Oulipo is a French-based group interested in creating works […]

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A Secured House

Image: “Modern bust of Catullus on the Piazza Carducci in Sirmione”, Wikimedia The following epigram illustrates an amusing play on words. It was written by Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84 BC – c. 54 BC), a Roman poet during the late Roman Republic, and was translated by Theodore Martin from Latin in The Poems of Catullus, 1861. […]

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“At a Lunar Eclipse”

Image: “2015-09-28 Lunar Eclipse v2” by 51ststate, DeviantArt Thy shadow, Earth, from Pole to Central Sea, Now steals along upon the Moon’s meek shine In even monochrome and curving line Of imperturbable serenity. How shall I link such suncast symmetry With the torn troubled form I know as thine, That profile, placid as a brow […]

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Palindromic Puzzle

The following riddle in the form of a 13-line poem was credited to Edgar Allan Poe. The answers consist of palindromic words: First, find out a word that doth silence proclaim,And that backwards and forwards is always the same;Then next you must find out a feminine nameThat backwards and forwards is always the same;An act, […]

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A Free Verse Limerick

There was a young fellow of Trinity Who, although he could trill like a linnet, he Could never complete Any poem with feet, Saying: “Idiots! Can’t you see what I’m writing happens to be free verse?” — Cyril Bibby, The Art of the Limerick, 1978

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“The Old Tree”

Image: World Daily News I found this poem on happenstance while researching about something else. Might as well share it here. And so man’s ruthless hand at last Hath laid thee low, old tree; Unmindful of thy glory past, When thou wert waving free: When in their green and leafy pride, Thy broad young arms […]

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Is Poetic Justice Wright Or Nott?

In the December 1904 issue of Green Bag, Vol. 16, there is an amusing account through poetry chronicling the aftermath of a court case. When the Court of Clams passed a judgment in the case of Harvey Steel Company v. United States, by a majority of four out of five judges, the majority opinion was […]

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“The Swan”

Image: DeviantArt by incolor16 The Swan Queen of the silent lake, Gliding majestic o’er the liquid court, Deep in the shadowy break, Where the imaginary water nymphs resort; Where fox-gloves hang their bells, And oaken-bowers their branches intertwine; And solitude in leafy covert dwells, That sanctuary, snowy queen, is thine. Few violate the state—the timid […]

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A One Syllable Per Line Sonnet

The following is an remarkable short “sonnet” titled “An Aeronaut to his Lady” composed by Frank Sidgwick (1879-1939) quoted in David McCord (Editor), What Cheer: An Anthology of American and British Humorous and Witty Verse, 1945: I Through Blue Sky Fly To You. Why? Sweet Love, Feet Move So Slow! This sonnet differs from traditional […]

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A Zero Vector’s Woe

Here is an offbeat poem which was written by Eileen Tupaz, a then student of Ateneo University (Philippines): i’m tired of being a zero vector i’m tired of being a zero vector with no direction no dimension and no magnitude; what i need is another element — but that would be a contradiction of my […]

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