March 07, 2006

Hilaire Belloc

Mark Steyn quotes here a poem I'd never read, by the great Hilaire Belloc:

Pale Ebenezer thought it wrong to fight
But Roaring Bill (who killed him) thought it right.

I've no real pertinent thoughts to add, other than that Belloc was part of the last gasp of true poetry before the

nightmare of
free VeRsE!
Set in. Modern poetry is now only distinct from prose by
om line breaks, oBsCuRe CAPitilization
or its lack, as in good old ee.
(Oh, YES! do not forget!... tricks-with!
pun.c.tuati.on. marks.)!!!#11

Anyway, as a comic poet, his skills are comparable to those of his contemporary, Ogden Nash. Check out a book of his poems from your local library.

Posted by jeffreyb at March 7, 2006 03:02 AM

Ha. As a struggling poet, I found this very amusing. Although I enjoy e.e. cummings, I nonetheless tend toward rhythmic and metrically orthodox verse myself, complete with (most of the time) rhyme. I was constantly chided for this in college writing courses, until one professor who understood me encouraged me as a rebel.

By the way, thanks for the shout-out over at Tall, Dark, and Mysterious. What a nice surprise!

Posted by: Ms Cornelius at March 8, 2006 07:33 PM

There's a great book illustrated by Edward Gorey of Belloc's "Cautionary Tales for Children." :)

Posted by: Rikki at March 19, 2006 07:20 AM
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