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Pat Bailey Bremerton / United States, Male, 73
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  • POEM: A Code Of Morals by Rudyard Kipling (7/13/2009 1:37:00 PM)

    Yes, Britain in the Victorian era was Jingoistic with a capital J. So what? That was 'political correctness' back then. Don't expect words on a page to magically change with the times in order to remain 'PC' as defined by 21st century thinking.

    We hear the same thing about Samuel Clemens' works. I can imagine Huck Finn referring to his friend as 'African-American Jim', or 'Jim of color'. Why not appreciate literature for literature's sake instead of trying to updat it to reflect the mores of today?

    Mark: excellent point about 'the world at large' having (hathing?) eyes.

  • POEM: A Tale Of The Thirteenth Floor by Ogden Nash (10/18/2004 3:32:00 PM)

    I send this out every year, about the middle of October, to family and friends. It's so untypical of Ogden Nash's work, and it tells a good story. One can use Google or most any search engine to find out who 'Nan, with her flowery fan' was - and everybody else mentioned, too.

    Handily, the line 'On this Walpurgis Night' has the same metrical pattern as 'On this All-Hallows Night', so with a little change to the text, we have a Halloween poem!

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