The Naming Of Poets – GRS Parody of The Naming of Parts by Henry Reed

Lessons of the Word – To Stephen Holton

 

To-day we have naming of poets.

Yesterday, we had Robert Browning

And to-morrow morning,

We shall have what to do after Kipling.

But to-day,

To-day we have naming of poets.

                              Japanese soldiers hide secrets in all of the South Asian jungles,

And to-day we have naming of poets.

 

This is the Longfellow poem. And this

Is the Shakespearean sonnet, whose form you will see

When you are troubled by slings and arrows. And this is the Sylvia Plath

Which in your anthology you have not got

                              The Landmines

                              Hold in their futures a silent imminent purpose

Which in our anthology we have not got.

 

This is Milton’s Paradise Lost, which is highly revered

Not an easy read for anyone. And please do not let me

Catch anybody using Lett’s Primer. You can read it quite easily

If you have any spare months in your life

                              The battalions are warlike and conquering,

Never let anyone see

Any of you reading ‘modern’ Chaucer.

 

And this you can see is a book.

The purpose of this

Is to open the mind, so you see

We can read it

Openly daytime and night-time: we call this

Learning the classics. Openly daytime and night-time

                              The frontline troops are assaulting and burning the towns

They call it learning the classics.

 

They write of the coming of Spring; it’s perfectly accessible

If you have any depth in your heart; like Keats or Yeats,

Byron, Sir Walter Scott, T.S. Eliot

Which in your anthology you have not got;                                                                                                            and the sniper’s rifle

                              is trained on all of the mothers and their children                                                             living carefree and easy.

For to-day we have the naming of poets.

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2 responses to “The Naming Of Poets – GRS Parody of The Naming of Parts by Henry Reed

  1. Pingback: The Naming Of Poets – GRS Parody of The Naming of Parts by Henry Reed | hangerfarmpoets

  2. Yay! … and there was I thinking you were being clever yesterday with the poem, which in our case we had not got 😉 I am so glad my English teachers and lecturers were a lot more exciting than this one… enjoyed reading a lot thank you. MPc

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