Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Poems Before Sleep

Must go to bed.  But first two poetic bits for you.

One of my old favorites:
  The best-laid plans of mice and men
  often go awry.

Commentary thanks to Wikipedia
Based on Steinbeck's own experiences as a bindle stiff in the 1920s (before the arrival of the Okies he would vividly describe in The Grapes of Wrath), the title is taken from Robert Burns's poem, To a Mouse, which is often quoted as: "The best-laid plans of mice and men/often go awry," though the phrase in the original Scots of the poem is "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men/Gang aft agley."

And apparently the second poem falls into the poetic justice of the first as I can't get the formatting to work out so the poem is visible.  Try Googling it instead: The Snark by Lewis Carroll.

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