Every Man His Own Poet

Or, The Inspired Singer's Recipe Book

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Published: 1872
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,342 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,037
Added to site: 2008.01.01
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o it the rest of the language, in the remaining vessel.

HOW TO WRITE A SATANIC POEM LIKE THE LATE LORD BYRON.

(This recipe is inserted for the benefit of those poets who desire to attain what is called originality. This is only to be got by following some model of a past generation, which has ceased to be made use of by the public at large. We do not however recommend this course, feeling sure that all writers in the end will derive far more real satisfaction from producing fashionable, than original verses; which two things it is impossible to do at one and the same time.)

Take a couple of fine deadly sins; and let them hang before your eyes until they become racy. Then take them down, dissect them, and stew them for some time in a solution of weak remorse; after which they are to be devilled with mock-despair.

HOW TO WRITE A PATRIOTIC POEM LIKE MR. SWINBURNE.

Take one blaspheming patriot, who has been hung or buried for some time, together with the oppressed count

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