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quarkstomperquarkstomper 24 Oct 2008 04:36
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Yeah. It was a poem by the 18th Century English poet Alexander Pope parodying classical epics. In Pope's version, a rascal snips a lock of hair from a beautiful lady, ignoring a firestorm of angst and strife in the Court.

Of course, Alexander Pope isn't exactly well-known in America either. Heck, I'm not even sure which century he lived in and I'm the guy who brought him up!

Wait. No. He was definitely 18th century, because he wrote a famous couplet about Sir Isaac Newton. (Pope specialized in heroic couplets):

Nature and Nature's Laws lay hidden in night;
God said: "Let Newton be!" and all was light.

To which a 20th Century wag penned the following sequel:

It didn't last long; the Devil said, "Ho!
Let Einstein be!" And restored the status quo!

Another of Pope's couplets adorned the collar of the dog which the King of England kept as a pet at his palace at the Kew Gardens:

I am His Majesty's dog at Kew;
And may I ask, whose dog are you?


"All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic" — Mervyn Alquist

by quarkstomperquarkstomper, 24 Oct 2008 04:36
jhubertjhubert 21 Oct 2008 14:08
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Rape Of The Lock

Wasn't there some famous story of literature with the same name?

Unfortunately, English-language literature isn't exactly my specialty…


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by jhubertjhubert, 21 Oct 2008 14:08

And a cookie to anyone who knows why I chose that particular title for the story.


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The Rape of the Lock by quarkstomperquarkstomper, 20 Oct 2008 13:37

The problem I have with most of my Memorable Quotes is that they require a certain amount of set-up in order to make sense; which puts them more along the lines of a War Story with a punchline.

So I put my story of The Hundred Year Old Indian under "War Stories" instead of "Quotes", even though it basicly is the set-up for a quote. I also took the liberty of creating a category Memorable Encounters, because it didn't exactly fit the existing ones. Perhaps just "Encounters" might be better.


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Splitting Hairs by quarkstomperquarkstomper, 09 Oct 2008 04:10
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