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Friday, July 11, 2008

Poetry Friday: Dear Doctor, I Have Read Your Play by Lord Byron

I just received an e-mail from a loyal reader who read this recent post and wanted some more information about the critique process.  I'm not sure I'm the best person for this, but I'll give this a try.  I hope to have something up early next week.  In the meantime, I thought you'd find this poem by Lord Byron amusing.  Have a great weekend!

Dear Doctor, I Have Read Your Play
by Lord Byron

Dear Doctor, I have read your play,
Which is a good one in its way,
Purges the eyes, and moves the bowels,
And drenches handkerchiefs like towels
With tears that, in a flux of grief,
Afford hysterical relief
To shatter'd nerves and quicken'd pulses,
Which your catastrophe convulses.
I like your moral and machinery;
Your plot, too, has such scope for scenery!
Your dialogue is apt and smart;
The play's concoction full of art;
Your hero raves, your heroine cries,
All stab, and everybody dies;
In short, your tragedy would be
The very thing to hear and see;
And for a piece of publication,
If I decline on this occasion,
It is not that I am not sensible
To merits in themselves ostensible,
But—and I grieve to speak it—plays
Are drugs—mere drugs, Sir, nowadays.

Under the Covers is hosting Poetry Friday today. Go over here to read some more poetry.


Mary Lee said...

I've never run across RPO -- thanks for a new poetry resource! Great poem, too. Maybe you don't need to post anything else about criticism now?

PJ Hoover said...

What a cool poem! And I'll look forward to your post on critiquing!
Now off to critique your piece!

beth said...

I love poetry Fridays :)

...could you include a piece in your critique post about how to find a good critique group? That's where I'm having some trouble...