I perceived at the end of a certain time, that I lacked something in every direction; and seeing that I was good for nothing, of my own free will I became a poet and rhymester
. That is a trade which one can always adopt when one is a vagabond, and it's better than stealing, as some young brigands of my acquaintance advised me to do.
He stands out among contemporary rhymesters
- magazine rhymesters
- as a gladiator stands out in the midst of a band of eunuchs."
Steered via the thought provoking guidance of rhymester
McCullough; lines delving into I: I of creatures, I of spirit, I of person I of myself, I of communities and farms and ...
's life is out my system, Those thoughts are gone and I don't miss them, The pages now, are on the fire, Before I start, I have retired.
(50) The royal rhymester
's theory that poetry is a "willful lie," thus echoed Sidney's maxim in The Defence of Poesy (1595) that poetry "nothing affirms and therefore never lieth," and it was the poet of Astrophil and Stella (1591) he praised as "the best and sweetest writer." (51) So editors guess James was introduced to Sidney's writing when the poet's brother, Marlowe's jailor, visited Edinburgh in 1588, and "worked assiduously" to ingratiate his family with the king.
Far from being a jingoistic "rhymester
," he is a "story-teller" whose verses and prose, he notes, became less popular as soon as "people found out that I put two meanings into my work." As a poet, Kipling adds, "I am only getting things ready for the real poet who will appear about the first quarter of the next century.
In its favor, however, I can say that it is a great improvement over the author's earlier work on this subject, "Pursuing Zhuangzi as Rhymester
: A Snark-hunt in Eight Fits" (Sino-Platonic Papers, no.
The likes of Arnold, Swinburne and William Michael Rossetti lined up to attack Keats, calling him a vulgar surgeon's apprentice, a howling and sniveling boy, a wayward and mentally unbalanced rhymester
. In turn, Fanny Brawne was vilified by the review establishment as cruel, shallow and unfaithful, a heartless flirt unworthy of a great poet.
Or better still, let's give a nod to the cynical rhymester
Winthrop Mackworth Praed, who left us his views on politicians before he died in 1839: "Some lie beneath the churchyard stone, And some before the Speaker."
Literarily speaking, we're a nation of hard bodies; we prefer our writing either "lean" and "muscular" or "taut" and "sculpted." Our collective image of a poet is somewhere between Walt Whitman and Percy Dovetonsils, the absurd rhymester
played by Ernie Kovacs as the opposite of Yankee good sense and pragmatism.
--"A [deservedly] obscure rhymester
, whose verses will be
Masterson himself is on the top of his game playing Roy Tunt (not an ideal name with a Cockney rhymester
around) a birdwatcher who lives up to all of the cliches when clashing with a sinister Cockney in a wooden "hide" on the Suffolk Marches.