I should have known. The cure for blogger’s block is the spreading of memes. Specifically, this Poetry Meme spotted at Noli Irritare Leones. Here are the instructions:

Below you will find ten first lines of poems. If you recognize the line, leave it on the list. If you do not recognize the line, then replace it with the first line of a poem that you do know. Highlight your changes in bold.

   1. Had we but world enough, and time,
   2. I never saw a Purple Cow
   3. Body my house
   4. Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
   5. Do not go gentle into that good night,
   6. What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
   7. I leant upon a coppice gate
   8. That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall,
   9. The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
  10. Hog Butcher for the World,

You can find all these poems at using their first line search.

5 Responses to “Meme-propagation”

  1. wolfangel says:

    Oh, what fun. Number 1 makes me cry, as has, sometimes, number 9.

  2. wolfangel says:

    I still don’t get why I can’t trackback you.

  3. wolfangel says:

    Track you back? Stupid compounds.

  4. Joel says:

    I’m impressed! You caught the Millay and the Swenson!
    What got me was how many people missed the Purple Cow….Poor Gelette Burgess. A prolific, funny writer who is known now only for that, coining the word “gooks”, and this:
    Ah yes, I wrote The Purple Cow
    I’m Sorry Now I wrote it
    But I can tell you anyhow
    I’ll kill you if you quote it.

  5. wolfangel says:

    I used the pair of the two as my Sunday poem once, when I was still doing it. The Millay I first saw in a book of Anna Quindlen’s, actually; I missed the Swenson.