Meyran Kraus

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Several treatments of a pair of acrostic poems, one by Carroll
to a friend and one by Poe's ill wife to her husband.

Original text in yellow, anagram in pink.

I. Leaving both originals untouched and adding a short descriptive line to each in order to create an anagram.

Lewis Carroll
Acrostic

"Are you deaf, Father William!" the young man said,
"Did you hear what I told you just now?
"Excuse me for shouting! Don't waggle your head
"Like a blundering, sleepy old cow!
"A little maid dwelling in Wallington Town,
"Is my friend, so I beg to remark:
"Do you think she'd be pleased if a book were sent down
"Entitled 'The Hunt of the Snark?'"

"Pack it up in brown paper!" the old man cried,
"And seal it with olive-and-dove.
"I command you to do it!" he added with pride,
"Nor forget, my good fellow to send her beside
"Easter Greetings, and give her my love."

(Here we have two verses and thirteen lines. Each line starts with a specific letter, each verse gives a name; both of them give a lovely sweetheart. That's quite clever, I have to say!)

Virginia Clemm Poe
Valentine to Edgar Allan Poe

Ever with thee I wish to roam -
   Dearest my life is thine.
Give me a cottage for my home
   And a rich old cypress vine,
Removed from the world with its sin and care
   And the tattling of many tongues.
Love alone shall guide us when we are there -
   Love shall heal my weakened lungs;
And Oh, the tranquil hours we'll spend,
Never wishing that others may see!
Perfect ease we'll enjoy, without thinking to lend
Ourselves to the world and its glee -
Ever peaceful and blissful we'll be.

(It is an acrostic too, this exciting tribute, 'word-picked' by a weak bride, to her guy, one sad (now dead) bard: as I read it downward I identify Poe, the moody duke of woe. Though too tacky, I've decided it is, by far, good art.)

II. Anagramming one into a paraphrase of the other, while still maintaining the acrostic in the anagram.

Lewis Carroll
Acrostic

"Are you deaf, Father William!" the young man said,
"Did you hear what I told you just now?
"Excuse me for shouting! Don't waggle your head
"Like a blundering, sleepy old cow!
"A little maid dwelling in Wallington Town,
"Is my friend, so I beg to remark:
"Do you think she'd be pleased if a book were sent down
"Entitled 'The Hunt of the Snark?'"

"Pack it up in brown paper!" the old man cried,
"And seal it with olive-and-dove.
"I command you to do it!" he added with pride,
"Nor forget, my good fellow to send her beside
"Easter Greetings, and give her my love."

Virginia C. Poe
A Valentine to Edgar Allan Poe

Eleven hundred miles I'd go with you.
Don't you know you already won my heart?
Go find a dwelling, for our wedding's due -
A country house, with trees and one big yard;
Retired from the damp weeks of a town,
Alienated from dire next-door fights.
Let giddy, mad love hood us, be around -
Long kisses will soon set my air-cells right.
At eight p.m. we'll dine, smirk and embrace,
Not a thing there but this kind primacy.
Pace will slow down and die without a trace...
Oh, peak of joy it would be,
End this life - bleed close to thee.

III. Anagramming each one individually into a new acrostic poem.

Lewis Carroll
Acrostic

"Are you deaf, Father William!" the young man said,
"Did you hear what I told you just now?
"Excuse me for shouting! Don't waggle your head
"Like a blundering, sleepy old cow!
"A little maid dwelling in Wallington Town,
"Is my friend, so I beg to remark:
"Do you think she'd be pleased if a book were sent down
"Entitled 'The Hunt of the Snark?'"

"Pack it up in brown paper!" the old man cried,
"And seal it with olive-and-dove.
"I command you to do it!" he added with pride,
"Nor forget, my good fellow to send her beside
"Easter Greetings, and give her my love."

Mey K.
The President

"Good god, my dear daddy!", G.W. whined,
"Everyone say I'm president now!
On the DAY they'd find out that I ain't got a mind!
Rescue me, dad! I'm having a cow!
Golly, I don't know nothin' 'bout politics, dad,
Except bad-mouthing Al Gore and all.
Will you please tell me how I could run this darn land?
Bright I ain't, and I sure have no balls!"
Uttered Bush Senior, "Georgie, you have to play cool -
See, I want a wee fame if I croak...
Hide few truths (Lie, G.W.! We're dirt, see?), don't drool,
Joke, kill few lowlifes, fight for power - and, last rule:
Remember, son: don't indorse Coke!"

Virginia Clemm Poe
Valentine to Edgar Allan Poe

Ever with thee I wish to roam -
   Dearest my life is thine.
Give me a cottage for my home
   And a rich old cypress vine,
Removed from the world with its sin and care
   And the tattling of many tongues.
Love alone shall guide us when we are there -
   Love shall heal my weakened lungs;
And Oh, the tranquil hours we'll spend,
Never wishing that others may see!
Perfect ease we'll enjoy, without thinking to lend
Ourselves to the world and its glee -
Ever peaceful and blissful we'll be.

Mey K., The Suave Poet
Lyric-Weave, A Glum Survey:
Give The Pitiful Climate-View of The Late Eve

More than three scores ago, was born
A little girl called Norma Jean
Raised low and tight, and then forlorn
I'm stunned she reached her teens.
Lean and nubile, she posed for fame,
Yet whole and well she didn't feel.
Norma waived, gave up the old name -
*Marilyn M.* got deals.
On she went to receive world love
New pals, reviews, white sheets, white pills...
Realising it's not enough -
Oh, dying quickly, she thought of
Eternal Norma still.

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Updated: May 10, 2016


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