April 24, 2008

Grammar's Taskmistress

. . . Sends the following snippet of Stevie Smith's poetry:

I long for the Person from Porlock To bring my thoughts to an end, I am becoming impatient to see him I think of him as a friend,

Often I look out of the window
Often I run to the gate
I think, He will come this evening,
I think it is rather late.

I am hungry to be interrupted
For ever and ever amen
O Person from Porlock come quickly
And bring my thoughts to an end.

Personally, I have the Internet from Porlock, though I hear the Television Show from Porlock is also popular.

Posted by Attila Girl at April 24, 2008 03:20 PM | TrackBack


American Porlock! My Name is Porlock! CSI: Porlock! Law and Porlock! Two and a Half Porlocks!

ooh, something shiny! it's so porlocky!

Posted by: Rin at April 24, 2008 05:31 PM

Editor/English majors are so weird! And you make fun of engineers?

Porlock is a quiet coastal village in Somerset, England, situated in a deep hollow below Exmoor, five miles west of Minehead.

The Person from Porlock was an unwelcome visitor to Samuel Taylor Coleridge who called by during his composition of the oriental poem Kubla Khan

Humor? Or does it involve shaving the pubes again?

Posted by: Darrell at April 24, 2008 09:19 PM


Posted by: Darrell at April 24, 2008 09:21 PM

D, you must remember that engineers are weird, whereas English lit types are merely . . . eccentric. ;)

Now that you've mentioned The Poem by name, I shall spend the rest of the night wondering how much of it I can recite by memory. Oddly, it's easier than "The Highwayman" or "The Kubaiyat of Omar Khayyam," because it changes tempo midway, but I think I only have 90% of it these days. Maybe 80%.

But my favorite part is right after the damsel with the dulcimer.

Weave a circle 'round me thrice,
And close your eyes in holy dread,
For I on honeydew have fed,
And drunk the milk of . . . Hey! It's SWEEPS WEEK!

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 24, 2008 09:35 PM

"Hey! It's SWEEPS WEEK!"
After the pube shaving/trimming?

Everything is funnier after a few G&Ts, isn't it?

Posted by: Darrell at April 24, 2008 09:55 PM

I think I get it, btw. A cheap attempt at making your poem a classic? "Dark and stormy night" stuff?

Posted by: Darrell at April 24, 2008 09:56 PM

I will have you know that one of the best books of all time, A Wrinkle in Time, begins with what Madeleine L'Engle calls "that old war horse."

And, you know: it's always a dark and stormy night in the soul of a drama queen.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 24, 2008 11:08 PM

Please note not only Rin's allusions to various television titles, but also her "something shiny" reference to the ADD personality/culture.

Gotta go. I'm composing a brilliant poem entitled "The Love Song of J. Alfred Porlock.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 25, 2008 12:31 AM

I have measured out my life in interruptions.

ps, why is Darrell so obsessed with your pubes, and with the putative or proleptic shaving thereof?

Posted by: Rin at April 25, 2008 01:19 PM

Worry not; it's a callback to the Playboy thread.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 25, 2008 02:03 PM

And to the martial arts thread.

Posted by: Darrell at April 25, 2008 09:31 PM

You've been EAVESDROPPING on my flirting with Wendy? I thought that was between her, her husband, me, Matt, Sean, Stacy, and a bottle of clear, high-end, citrus-flavored tequila.

Oh--and the World Wide Web. But as I understand it, those people are very discreet, so there's certainly nothing to worry about THERE.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 25, 2008 09:37 PM

Sorry! Next time hang the "Do NOT Disturb" sign.

Posted by: Darrell at April 25, 2008 10:31 PM

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