The Young Poet of Thusis: Limerick


There was a young poet of Thusis
Who took twilight walks with the Muses.
But these nymphs of the air
Are not quite what they were
And the practice has led to abuses.

Anon (like all the best limericks)

The illustration is – you could perhaps have guessed this – by Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1789-1863). This particular Muse is about to land enthusiastically on Hesiod, probably the poet that the author of the limerick had in mind. It seems unlikely that Hesiod ever visited Thusis, but what would you choose to rhyme with Muses? 🙂

Via Wikimedia.

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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