A few more poems about authors…

the photo isn’t relevant… I just like the colours…

I had great fun writing these before, and really appreciated the comments people left.  I’ve spent a bit less time constructing these, but… well, I had fun!  I hope to make this a bit of a series.  Let me know if you have any ideas for others, or authors you’d like to see…

What the dickens?
Oh Charles, you saw
The humble poor
In such disarming detail –
But somehow missed
In all of this
A single real female.

Mary, Mary
For dangerous and wild men you had a predilection.
You may have written Frankenstein, but – truth’s stranger than fiction.

Dear Aunt Jane
“Sweet, ineffectual Jane, the dear!”
Of all misreadings, wrongest.
Her barbs will last two hundred years;
Her laughs, both loud and longest.

If reading should be nourishment,
Your book’s not worth our time:
An awful lot of punishment
And hardly any crime.

*I have to admit that I’ve never read it…

29 thoughts on “A few more poems about authors…

  • April 23, 2013 at 12:17 am

    You captured Dickens!! And Dear Aunt Jane – she definitely will definitely get the last laugh :)

  • April 23, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Snort. Down my nose. While drinking chamomile tea. That, dear Simon, is what your hilarious rhymes make me do!

    Do carry on, however. I love them, and am most willing to suffer such an indignity in exchange :)


    • May 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Haha! Sorry, Jane… you'll have to be careful when you drink hot beverages around blogs ;)

  • April 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Your wonderful poems could be a round for the Lit Quiz next year!? ;)

    • May 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks David! – my book group is reading Crime and Punishment this month, but I don't think I'll have time – and I can't say its reputation makes me very keen to try!

  • April 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I love the Dickens one. It's so true! And sorry but I couldn't resist this:

    Stuck in a book Simon
    lit a light for us to shine on
    books from dim and distant past
    and bring them home.

    Even more: he wrote a rhyme on
    those he loved the best and last.

    • May 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Oh, lovely, Vanessa – thank you so much! Another poem for me, after Agnieszka wrote one – I'm so flattered :)

  • April 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Nicely done! I just finished Great Expectations yesterday, so I could relate to your Dickens poem. Mary, Mary is my favorite.

    • May 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      I do adore Great Expectations, but – well, oh Charles!

      And the more I read about Mary Shelley, the tamer I think Frankenstein is in comparison…

  • April 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    This second series is just a lovely as the first one :)

  • April 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I love these, Simon. You should definitely do this more often. Mary, Mary is my favourite; “truth’s stranger than fiction”- absolutely brilliantly written.
    I like the Dostoyevsky one as well although I don’t agree with it; I actually quite enjoyed “Crime and Punishment”.

  • April 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Love the poems, you are so clever. The Dickens really made me laugh loud (I think the familiarity with the material helps).

    • May 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Aw, thanks Ruthiella!
      And much as I love Dickens, the common criticism is true, isn't?


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