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Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
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Apr 28, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: poetry-and-plays
Read on April 22, 2011

A Marxist play.
What more can I say?
Shaw's one of a kind,
And he had a great mind,
But he used it to say
That he'd found a way
To live without truth -
He believed it, forsooth!
He fought against God,
And built his facade
By claiming that reason
Was funding his treason.
He poked at all morals
And fueled all his quarrels
With words smooth as honey -
In short, he was funny!
It's not hard to mock
Or even to shock,
But for all his jeering
His methods are queering,
For Shaw fails to show
Why his strange credo
Is any more valid
Than potato salad!
Okay so that's stretching
The truth just a bit-
But what does it matter?
So long as it's wit?
If only it's funny
And makes people laugh
What matter if I call
A duck a giraffe?
It's just the old prejudice
Of people long gone
To call this a verse
Instead of a stone!
So, this is the bone
That I pick with Shaw
He tells us we’re stupid
And so is our law.
He doesn’t prove why
His ways are better
And if we object
He tells us we’re fretters.
But I think that his
Are the ways that are puerile
You dare ask me why?
You’re just an imbecile!
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message 1: by Joey (new)

Joey Did you write that? :) Nice review!

Laura Verret Yes, I did! I was feeling a bit playful. :) I suppose that it's more a review of Shaw's philosopy than of this particular play, but as I said, it's Marxist. What more IS there to say?

message 3: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Torm Awesome! I wish there was a way to follow reviewers I like on here.

Laura Verret Jenntorm wrote: "Awesome! I wish there was a way to follow reviewers I like on here."

Thanks, Jenntorm! You actually can follow people's reviews - if you go to their profile, the first thing you should see is their picture and a box with details about the person. Just underneath that box are two buttons, "add as friend" and "follow reviews". Hope that helps!

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Petra X That is an awesome review.

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José Lúcio this is a cool joke truly

bigbrando Great one.

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