Saturday, September 19, 2015


French Learner

I always enjoyed giving my writing students this poem at the beginning of the semester, to help them learn the true meaning of essay:

There was a man with tongue of wood
Who essayed to sing,
And in truth it was lamentable.
But there was one who heard
The clip-clapper of this tongue of wood
And knew what the man
Wished to sing,
And with that the singer was content.

Stephen Crane

Crane Poems on Previous Posts

A man saw a ball of gold in the sky;

Blustering god . . . sooner would I die

I looked here;

God fashioned the ship of the world carefully.

more on the ship of the world

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