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
rand
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 03:02 AM | Comments (2)