Thursday, May 28, 2009

And just in time for the semi-centennial ...

A Telegraph article about former Smiths frontman Morrissey : does he write poetry or lyrics? The writer argues that song lyrics aren't really poetry.

Via, oddly enough, poetryfoundation.org.

Watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee

I have to work the word "geusioleptic" into conversation sometime!

Oh, wow. Some lucky kid just got "avoirdupois." Considering they're throwing out words like "psittacosis," "ophelimity," "herniorrhaphy," and "Reykjavik," I'd have sighed with relief over "avoirdupois"!

The Hail Mary

in twelve languages.

I was not familiar with the French version, and was startled, a bit, by the word "entrailles," so much like the English "entrails"!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A poetry question answered!

Lord, defend us from the peroration;
Silence all that politicians say.
Those who plough us in to make a nation
Have not know the vision we obey.

Wits that learn from mother-wit are keenest,
Nor is there nobility of style
Till the proud man kneel to help the meanest:
Those who justify themselves are vile.


Vernon Watkins (1906-67)

Text of the poem provided by reader Tielo, to whom, a thousand thank-yous!