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Saturday, August 13, 2011

When Good Writers Go Bad

Some people should stick to writing prose. Herman Melville is part of this group.  

Old Age in His Ailing
Old Age in his ailing
At youth will be railing
It scorns youth’s regaling
Pooh-pooh it does, silly dream;
But me, the fool, save
From waxing so grave
As, reduced to skimmed milk, to slander the cream.
-Herman Melville


  1. Or, as is Melville's case, some should never have ventured forth into the field of writing a'tall.

    My support for such an outrageous accusation?: Bartleby the Scrivener.

  2. Aw, but Moby Dick had a whale in it! I like whales.