Originally posted by Rene-ClaudeLovely. This one was the best. My B.A. in English Literature makes me somewhat weak to such limericks of majesty & tenderness.
Attributed to Powys Mathers' Arabian poet:
She sends for chess; her dreaming cheek
Shines rose above the pieces.
I lose my head, I lose my Queen,
I lose my heart; was never seen
So quaint a game as this is.
I only take through skirmishing
A Knight and Rook, while my poor King
At every point she teases.
Yet I'd have triumphed after all
If we had but agreed to call
Knights nights and Castles kisses.
Originally posted by Fat Ladyare you sure its eldorado and not el dorado? el dorado was the supposed Spanish city of gold which was never found.
Alekhine is my favourite chess player. I like the idea of this poem, i.e. Alekhine was, a first sight, frightful as a person but played sublime chess. However I don't like the poem itself, too many forced rhymes.
Edgar Allen Poe is a wonderful poet in my opinion. Here is a poem he wrote about a knight, which is as close as he got to writing one about che ...[text shortened]... he Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied-
"If you seek for Eldorado!"
Originally posted by powershakerBA in Eng. Lit., eh?
Lovely. This one was the best. My B.A. in English Literature makes me somewhat weak to such limericks of majesty & tenderness.
Originally posted by MathurineActually, that is true. I was thinking that very thing when I posted that post. Thank you. I know what you mean. Limericks are actually songs. Why didn't you just say it that way? But, I wouldn't take posts so seriously as to correct people and show your immense pretentiousness like you have. But, thank you anyway. Oh, and I said that for effect - not correctness. In fact, when I typed it, I knew it was incorrect as you say.
BA in Eng. Lit., eh?
Surely, then you recognize that your second stanza is not a limerick at all, rather a sestet in (mostly) iambic tetrameter. Limericks (though not invariably five lines long), are anapæstic.