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message 1: by Candy (new)

Candy | 2557 comments Mod
I thought it might be interesting to read some contemporary is an article from last year with some sonnets...

message 2: by Martin (last edited Jun 01, 2017 11:25PM) (new)

Martin | 16 comments Oh dear,

"How far a modern quill doth come too short" !

But here is a modern sonnet worth reading (e e cummings)

next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn's early my
country 'tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?
He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water

message 3: by DavidE (new)

DavidE (shaxton) | 358 comments I've often wondered where that line "by jingo by gee by gosh by gum" came from. Google led me straight to Wikipedia, who informed me it's from a hugely popular 'novelty' song just after World War I.!

message 4: by Martin (new)

Martin | 16 comments When I first read this sonnet -- years ago, I had no idea it drew on snatches of American patriotic songs (not being American). Later I noted

oh say can you see by the dawn's early light
my country tis of thee

and now,

by jingo by gee by gosh by gum.

Are there any more I should be aware of?

message 5: by DavidE (new)

DavidE (shaxton) | 358 comments Not that I know of--but then I long thought the "by jingo by gee by gosh by gum" line was British. For some reason, I associate the tune with English films, though I couldn't cite any particular one off the top of my head.

message 6: by Candy (new)

Candy | 2557 comments Mod

message 7: by Hilary (new)

Hilary (agapoyesoun) Hi Candy
Sorry that I shall have to give up this group as I have way too many books on the go. One day perhaps I shall manage to read Shakespeare. Thank you for your help and all your hard work.
kindest regards

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