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HOT FEATS IN POETRY
Poets may be baffled in their
search for rhymesr but it takes a
great deal to baffle the doggerel
rhymster. Charles II. offered a re
ward for a rhyme to,"porringer."
The reward was claimed with the
following marriage announce
ment: The Duke of York a daughter,
He gave the Prince of Orange
So now your Majesty will see
I've vfouhd a rhyme for por
ringer. Browning's perpetrations f in
rhyme are probably unique in
English poetry. Here is a couplet
from "Sordello" which no minor
poet would dare to print for fear
of blasting his reputation:
Chirrups the contumacious grass
hopper, Rustles the lizard and the cushats
In the same poem he rhymes
"sulked", with "mulct," "flag"
with "quag' "abhors" with "val
vassors" ! But he reached the cli
max in the couplet:
You trample our beds of ranun
culus, And you "Tommy-make-room-for-your-uncle"
Richard Harris Barham, the
famous author of "IrigoldsDy
Legends" was fond of such
A long yellow pinafore
Hangs down each chine afore.
BE IN TKOUStB
IN DOT ALLEY,
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XSAR MS S
WY'M CTurf" fli
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Or such ryhming gymnastics as:- E3f
But I'm out on a visit and nobody
has it here.
At Tappington, now, I could loofcl
m the Gazateer.
Even the sublime Byron w;
able to hit off queer eraers
rhyme, as witness the f ollowing
xe lurus ui iauie: mtcnetiucu m
Loniess it iney hhvo not lien
pecked you all.
.bather j.ommy, uow man;
times have you been whacked at
school today? ,
Tommv Oh. I never take anl
notice pf what is going on behijdLJ