“Raineth drop and staineth slop, and how the wind doth ramm!”

ANCIENT MUSIC
~ by Ezra Pound

Winter is icumen in,
Ludhe sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop,
And how the wind doth ramm!
Sing, Goddamm!

Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver,
Damn you, sing. Goddamm!

Goddamm, Goddamm, ’tis why I am, Goddamm,
So ‘gainst the winter’s balm.
Sing goddamm, damm, sing Goddamm.
Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.

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Ezra Pound closely parodies a 13th century song, “Sumer is icumen in, Ludhe sing cucu.” (Summer is a-comin in, Loudly sing Cuckoo.) But his version has a London bustop in it, the need for dry cleaning, and a very irascible singer. Sic mass transit gloria mundi.

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Author: MDM

Michael Dennis Mooney is a student of humor and witticism in verse. At this site he is compiling a selection of the best works using extended metaphor in poetry, with a special interest in satire, parody, and humor. Suggestions are welcome. Send your citations of favorites, by email, to mike.mooney.home@gmail.com He has a site "New Writings" at http://jcbcast.blogspot.com And a site for essays, 'His Epistles To The Philistines" at http://tothephilistines.wordpress.com

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