Tag Archives: Poetry

1870: Cento

A cento is a poem composed of lines taken from other poems, either by different authors or from the same author. (Homer and Virgil are traditional favorites.) The word comes from the Greek κεντρόνη, which means “patchwork garment.” The following … Continue reading

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17th Century: The Favorite Sounds of Finn

Binn sin, a luin Doire an Chairn! ní chuala mé i n-aird san bhith ceól ba binne ná do cheól agus tú fá bhun do nid. Aoincheól is binne fán mbith,— mairg nách éisteann ris go fóil, a mhic Arphluinn … Continue reading

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1321: Kleptomania

In Some Observations Made in Travelling Through France, Italy, &c. in the Years 1720, 1721 and 1722, Edward Wright relates being told in Florence about one of Dante’s bad habits: This great man, we are told, had a most unhappy … Continue reading

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2nd Century: I Was Trained to Run Boldly through Strange Forests

A 1st or 2nd century Roman epitaph for a pet dog named Margarita (“Pearl”), written from the point of view of the deceased: [G]ALLIA · ME · GENVIT · NOMEN · MIHI · DIVITIS · VNDAE CONCHA · DEDIT · … Continue reading

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1822: Murmurs of the Air

Despite the fact that Percy Bysshe Shelley had been expelled from Oxford University in 1811 for publishing an anonymous pamphlet called The Necessity of Atheism, this elaborate memorial was erected to the poet there in 1893. Shelly had drowned off … Continue reading

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1913: My Heart at Evening

     My Heart at Evening Toward evening you hear the cry of the bats. Two black horses bound in the pasture, The red maple rustles, The walker along the road sees ahead the small tavern. Nuts and young wine taste … Continue reading

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1971: He Says It Takes Two Kinds

2 yellow south white wedding dress naked parachute a man comes in. he offers me cocaine. two pure white powders. somethings fishy. one is lumpy. he says it takes two kinds. one is outlaw cocaine. hardon. makes you pant like … Continue reading

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