Verses Written on the Seashore at Agrigentum in Sicily, 1784: A Polish Poem

I found the following interesting and whimsical verse written by a Polish poet named Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758 – 1841): Upon this lonely margin of a far-off sea, Behold! With tears I trace thy well-beloved name; With it, the dawn comes, crown’d with roses, back to me, But wild waves wash the record out, erase […]

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A Mathematical Proposal

There is a quaint story in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 15th Series (1969) about a man who used mathematical terms to propose. Robert Greer, a mathematics teacher at the Mount School in York, England, made the following proposal to a girl named Anne in 1880: If R = 1/2 and A = 1/2, Then R + […]

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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 Mysterious Letter Puzzle And A Poem Composed During The Battle Of Valley Forge

While reading The Jester’s Magazine (March 1766 edition), the following caught my attention: Apparently, this was a love letter to Miss M****** written by “R. B.”. No further information about the nature of this letter was given in the volume and no solution was provided as well. So, I tried to solve the enigma. After some thinking, […]

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A Wordy Love Confession Of The Worthy?

Image: DeviantArt With tragic air the love-lorn heir Once chased the chaste Louise; She quickly guessed her guest was there To please her with his pleas. Now at her side he kneeling sighed, His sighs of woeful size; ‘Oh, hear me here, for lo, most low I rise before your eyes.

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ABC’s Of Love

Let others talk of L N’s eyes, And K T’s figure light and free, Say L R, too, is beautiful — I heed them not while U I C. U need not N V them, for U X L them all, my M L E. I have no words when I would tell How much […]

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A Secret Love Letter

The following letter was written by a young gentleman to his lover under the direction and eye of his father. The understanding, however, between the lovers, was, that she should read every other line, beginning with the first. Every party was satisfied: Madam, — The great love I have hitherto expressed for you is false, and […]

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