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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Whatever Happened To Rhyme And Metre?

This poetry contribution to the Dalston debate, purporting to originate from the Children's Laureate and general Hackney trouble maker Wayne Rosen, has just been brought to my attention:


Once there was a shop,
Then the shop was sold.
Then the shop closed, then the shop was burnt down,
Then the wall of the shop was knocked down;
Then the shop was demolished.

Chorus:
Historic Houses in Hackney are safe in the hands of Hackney Council.
Historic Houses in Hackney are safe in the hands of Hackney Council.
Oh... historic Houses in Hackney are safe in the hands of Hackney Council.
Historic Houses in Hackney are safe in the hands of Hackney Council.

Now what kind of poetry is that? What happened to rhyme and metre? (I think that's what Miss Potter called it in English class). And he's supposed to be an Oxford graduate. I bet Boris can write poems much better than what he can.

3 comments:

angel thighs said...

I'm confused. Why are you illustrating this item with a photo of The Who singer Roger Daltry doing the w@nker gesture so beloved of our hero Tony Blair?

Frieda Greebel said...

I think Roger Daltry is trying to say something to Sir (Almost) Julian Pipeshaft.

Derek Melbourne said...

And he looks like someone who's been out drinking with certain Hackney Labour councillors who shall remain nameless.