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2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 remaining. Red sox 2, Braves 0.

Red sox third. Jackie Bradley Jr. singles to right field. Kike Hernandez stops at shortstop, Dansby Swanson to Matt Olson. Rafael Devers doubles to deep right field. JD Martinez singles to shallow center field, advances to 2nd. Rafael Devers scores. Xander Bogaerts heads to a shallow infield, Austin Riley to Matt Olson.

1 run, 3 hits, 0 fouls, 1 remaining. Red sox 3, Braves 0.

Brave third. Adam Duvall hits while swinging. Orlando Arcia chooses to center field. Travis Demeritte hits to left field. Orlando Arcia scores. Dansby Swanson takes a walk. Matt Olson doubles to deep center field. Dansby Swanson brand. Travis d’Arnaud strikes while swinging. Austin Riley goes to third base, Rafael Devers to Franchy Cordero.

3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 remaining. Red sox 3, Braves 3.

Brave ninth. Ozzie Albies singles to left field. Adam Duvall flies to center field for Kike Hernandez. Orlando Arcia home runs to left field. Ozzie Albies scores.

2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 remaining. Braves 5, Redsox 3.

Family remembers life of Stockton policeman Jimmy Inn Wed, 11 May 2022 19:50:00 +0000 On May 11, 2021, Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence dispute.

STOCKTON, Calif. — The family of Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn has spent the past year reflecting on the day he was killed in the line of duty on May 11, 2021.

Tela Inn, Jimmy’s wife, shared what happened that morning when he was killed. She said Jimmy, a six-year veteran of the Stockton Police Department, had gone home as he usually did on his break to see her and their seven-month-old son, Jacen.

“I kind of held Jacen at the door and said ‘goodbye’ and watched him get in the car,” Tela said.

Jimmy and his wife Tela met at the police academy and both worked for the Stockton Police Department.

“I left here [home] around 9:50 a.m.,” Tela said. “I took Jacen to the babysitter and was pulling him out of the car and I heard a bunch of gunshots. I was in the Oak Park area and I actually texted him , and I texted him at 10:09.

She said her husband never answered.

Inn was shot and killed on May 11, 2021, while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

“I kept driving to work and I was at a red light and on my screen, on my truck, and the number wasn’t registered but it was like ‘this is the phone call’ “Tela said. “This is going to be the worst phone call of my life.”

She said when she arrived at the hospital she felt he had not survived.

“I think in my heart I knew he was already gone, and then just seeing a bunch of officers outside the hospital, I just knew, you know,” Tela said.

Jimmy’s father, Phaly Inn, was at work.

“A Stockton police officer got shot,” Phaly said. “No specifics other than that. I said ‘OK’ as a father, as a family, my heart was beating right there.

“The nurse came in and said they were doing everything they could, which I also know what that means because I’m a cop,” Tela said. “They let me see him. Just me. I think only because they weren’t sure how the whole situation would play out and the evidence. They wanted to preserve everything they could.

In the days and weeks that followed, the Stockton community and people around the world came out to show their support through prayers, gifts and their presence.

“We all saw the community come together in crazy and unexpected ways where hundreds and thousands of people lined the streets as we drove on the day of the funeral, and so many fundraisers in the months that followed” said Roman Finch, Jimmy’s cousin. . “It never ended. It showed how many people he touched and impacted.

Jimmy’s death was difficult for the Cambodian community that watched him grow up to deal with. His family volunteered at the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist temple.

“I used to see Jimmy there when we volunteered every year,” said Sophaline Mao, a family friend. “He was always smiling. He always had a big camera to take pictures and just a big personality, you know, but he would warm everyone up just such a friendly, outgoing young man, you know. It really had an impact on the Cambodian community. I think we felt a sense of pride that, you know, he served his town and his community here in Stockton so well, and was so well loved.

Jimmy’s impact on the community can still be seen today. Hundreds of people turned out for the Honor Stockton Blue run wearing Jimmy’s memorial shirts in April 2022, nearly a year after his death.

“It was unbelievable but believable because it’s Jimmy and I don’t think he had a single enemy in this world honestly and I think people who knew him or knew him by call knew what kind of person he was. was, so this community came together to support another Stockton member,” Tela said.

Grieving is different for each member of Jimmy’s family. His sister Jessica tries to visit him where he is buried. Although close, she says it’s a tough trip to take.

“I still try to go every month,” Jessica said. “It seems like an easy thing to do, but it’s still hard for me to go into it because it’s another look at reality like, ‘Hey, he’s not here anymore.'”

As they all reflect on a year, they remember Jimmy’s infectious smile, his love for his family, Star Wars, and all the memories they shared over his 30s.

A few days before Jimmy was killed, he hosted a lunch at his house for his family on Mother’s Day.

“That makes it a bit more special,” Jessica said. “Remember the little things and telling him ‘where are you guys’ and trying to get us there because he really wanted to see us and hang out with us. He loved spending time with his family.

The family took a photo on this Mother’s Day. This is the last photo they all have together.

“I think what upsets me is because there are no more memories to be made,” Tela said. “Only memories to remember. »

End of Oversight: Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn Memorial Service

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The Rise of Gru soundtrack features Phoebe Bridgers, Tame Impala, Diana Ross, Thundercat and more Tue, 10 May 2022 13:21:56 +0000

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A who’s who of indie rock, pop, hip-hop and R&B talent came together for the soundtrack of Minions: The Rise of Gru. Produced by Jack Antonoff, the OST sees artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Thundercat, St. Vincent, Brittany Howard, BROCKHAMPTON, Kali Uchis, Tierra Whack, Caroline Polachek and Weyes Blood reimagine some of the biggest funk, pop and soul hits of the years 1970 – the time in which the new film takes place.

Bridgers, for example, reimagines the Carpenters’ 1972 single “Goodbye to Love,” while St. Vincent’s Annie Clark offers her version of Lipps Inc.’s “Funkytown.” Polachek covers Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang,” the chains BROCKHAMPTON Kool & The Gang with “Hollywood Swinging”, and Antonoff’s own Bleachers deliver their version of John Lennon’s “Instant Karma”.

The first single, however, is an entirely new song: a collaboration between the legendary Diana Ross and Tame Impala called “Turn Up the Sunshine”. The song will be released on May 20, with the full soundtrack on July 1 via Decca Records (pre-orders are on the way). Check out the artwork and track listing for the soundtrack below.

Minions: The Rise of Gruthe second installment of the animated franchise starring Steve Carell, hits theaters on July 1.

Minions: The Rise of Gru (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Artwork:

Artwork Minions The Rise of Gru

Minions: The Rise of Gru (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) List of tracks:
01. Turn Up The Sunshine – Diana Ross featuring Tame Impala
02. Shining Star – Brittany Howard ft. Verdine White (Earth, Wind and Fire 1975)
03. Funkytown – St. Vincent (Lipps Inc in 1979)
04. Hollywood Swinging – BROCKHAMPTON (Kool & The Gang 1974)
05. Desafinado – Kali Uchis (Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto 1959)
06. Bang Bang – Caroline Polachek (Nancy Sinatra 1966)
07. Fly Like an Eagle – Thundercat (Steve Miller Band 1976)
08. Goodbye to Love – Phoebe Bridgers (The Carpenters 1972)
09. Instant Karma! – Bleachers (John Lennon 1970)
10. You’re No Good – Weyes Blood (Linda Ronstadt 1975)
11. Vehicle – Gary Clark Jr. (The Ides of March 1970)
12. Dance to the Music – ELLE (Sly and The Family Stone 1967)
13. Black Magical Woman – Tierra Whack (Santana 1970)
14. Cool – Verdine White
15. Born To Be Alive – Jackson Wang (Patrick Hernandez 1979)
16. Cecilia – The Minions (Simon & Garfunkel 1970)
17. Bang Bang – GEM (Nancy Sinatra 1966)
18. Kung Fu Suite – RZA
19. Minions: The Rise of Gru Score Suite – Heitor Pereira

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Russia-Ukraine live updates: Putin defends war in VE Day speech Mon, 09 May 2022 20:36:56 +0000 She carried a simple bouquet of white lilacs as explosions echoed through the bright spring air. Tears streaked her weathered face, which was framed by a blue scarf.

Nina Mikhailovna came on Monday, as she does every year on May 9, to the eternal flame in a city park that commemorates the Allied victory in World War II. She came to honor the memory of her father, who was killed in 1943, and to remember those who died liberating her native Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, from the Nazis, whom she remembers forcing her into the fields as a child to cut and harvest wheat.

At nearly 89, Ms Mikhailovna thought she would never witness something as serious as this war with the Germans. But the current war with the Russians is worse, she says.

At least the Germans were enemies.

“These are our people,” she said of the Russian forces, citing the intertwined history and family ties that unite Russia and Ukraine. As she spoke, Russian rockets landed close enough to rumble the ground where she stood.

“My niece lives in Moscow but was born in Sloviansk,” she said, referring to a Ukrainian town a few miles from Kramatorsk. “And now they are sending her husband to fight. What’s he supposed to do, kill his stepmother?

“That’s what’s so hard to bear,” she says.

Credit…Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

For decades, Ukrainians and Russians have been linked by their shared experience of World War II. Together they died by the millions under German fire and together they drove the Nazis from their lands. And every year on May 9, when the Soviet Union marked Victory Day, they marched in parades and laid flowers on monuments, always together.

But this year, as Russian President Vladimir V. Putin used the holiday to defend his invasion, praising Russian troops for their “fight for the fatherland”, Ukrainians hid in bomb shelters and fought in trenches and died in air raids, like their grandparents. so many years have passed.

The eastern region of Donbass, which the Kremlin is trying to capture in this war, traditionally sees Moscow as a political and cultural center of gravity, and many residents have close family ties to Russia. The war complicated this relationship. After Mr Putin annexed the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine and started a separatist war in the Donbass in 2014, the government in kyiv removed Soviet symbolism of Victory Day. Ukraine celebrates it simply as a victory over fascism, which some Ukrainians now also associate with Mr Putin’s government.

“We have defeated fascism and we will defeat Ruscism,” said Pavel Kirilenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, who arrived with heavily armed guards to lay flowers in front of the monument.

Mr Kirilenko spoke Ukrainian, but most of those arriving at the monument spoke Russian and expressed unease at the changes Ukrainians had made to what they called “our holiday”, even as they criticized the war and hoped for its end.

“Would you deny the memory of your grandfather? said Sergei Porokhnya, 60, when asked why he had come to the monument to mark the holiday. “Why should I deny the memory of my grandfather, who died after disappearing?”

Throughout Monday morning in Kramatorsk, sirens wailed and the thud of bombs and rockets rocked the city as Russian forces closed in from the north and east. They are not moving as fast as Mr Putin would have liked, but they are now close enough to Kramatorsk, a major industrial center in the Donetsk region, to keep all but the most intrepid, like Mrs Mikhailovna, away from the park which holds the WWII monument.

Credit…Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

At a hospital on Monday, ambulances arrived carrying civilians and soldiers injured by the day’s shelling. A 28-year-old soldier named Andriy, pale and shivering in a hospital bed, described a hellish bombardment that morning, which culminated for him when shrapnel split his thigh open and shattered his femur.

“It was obvious that it would happen on May 9,” said Andriy, who worked on a dairy farm in Denmark when the war broke out and returned home to fight. “We were ready for this.”

Another soldier in the hospital, a staff sergeant named Alekandr, showed video on his phone of intense fighting in the town of Rubizhne, about 80 km away. In one, he throws a rocket-propelled grenade at a Russian armored vehicle, which ignites. Like Andriy, he was comfortable providing only his first name, for security reasons.

He said he and his comrades were nearly overrun as they fired grenades and machine guns through the windows of a building. He escaped with a contusion and is ready to return to action as soon as the doctors sign off.

“We are no longer brothers,” he said of both sides. “It sure is painful. Why did my grandfather fight?

While some soldiers have insisted that the rift between Russia and Ukraine is now final, there is ambivalence about the war among residents of this part of Ukraine that can be difficult for strangers.

In Barvinkove, west of Kramatorsk, rockets rained down day and night, destroying homes and forcing all but the most loyal or stubborn to flee. But some people there are less enthusiastic about the ubiquitous Ukrainian troops defending their city against Russian forces coming from the north, said 20-year-old volunteer soldier Bohdan Krynychnyi.

Credit…Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

“Here we have problems with the locals,” Krynychnyi said as he took a break from the fighting to buy groceries at the city’s only active market. His call sign is Monk as he abandoned his training at a Ukrainian monastery to join the war. “They are waiting for the Russians here,” he added.

He described entering a house that morning that had been shelled by Russian forces. Inside, he said, he found a Soviet flag and an orange and black St. currently fighting against Ukraine.

Outside the city, the soldiers of the Ukrainian 93rd Mechanized Brigade celebrated their own victory. They had recently acquired an almost new self-propelled artillery piece with modern Russian firing and targeting technology and were learning to use it. The large armored vehicle, which can fire shells with high accuracy up to 20 kilometers away, had been abandoned by its Russian crew during a Ukrainian attack, said Major Serhii Krutikov, the deputy commander.

“We are using their weapons against them,” Major Krutikov said. “We don’t have this type of equipment in Ukraine.”

For Maria Mefodyevna, a 93-year-old Barvinkove resident who also remembers the arrival of the Nazis during World War II, all that matters is that the shooting stops. His house on a residential street is riddled with shrapnel. Her husband and sons are dead and she is alone.

“I just want the war to end,” she said, standing uncomfortably in her living room, wearing a blue floral dress and a headscarf. “I only have a short time to live, and of course I want to see who wins.”

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History of the end of the Kop – a stand built with the blood, sweat and tears of Wrexham supporters Mon, 09 May 2022 04:11:00 +0000

A new campaign called Stadium for the North has launched to try and redevelop the Kop end of Wrexham AFC’s historic racecourse – and in turn bring competitive international football back to North Wales. Here we take a look at the history of the famous stand of the oldest international football stadium in the world.

All Wrexham fans will know and love the Kop at the Racecourse Ground. Since 2008, fans have not had the opportunity to stand on the large terrace which once held nearly 20,000 people.

However, some might not be aware of the history of the Kop at Wrexham and how it came to bear its name. In the first half of the 20th century, there was only a small terrace behind the goal, and it was known as the “railway end” or “town end” of the ground.

This was until the late 1940s when there was an increase in fans attending the game after World War II. The directors of the then football club at Wrexham were looking to increase the capacity of the ground and it was decided to build an embankment behind the ‘Town End’ goal as many other clubs had already begun to do before the war.

READ MORE: Stadium for the North: all about the campaign and how to support it

Supporters began to help build the embankment using shovels and wheelbarrows – there were no large power shovels then. It was built on the blood, sweat and tears of these loyal club supporters.

When erected, it was named the “Spion Kop” (or Kop for short), which is a colloquial name or term for a number of single-storey terraces and grandstands that have been constructed in sports stadiums over the years. of this period.

The first recorded reference to a sports terrace as “Kop” was linked to Woolwich Arsenal’s Manor Ground in 1904. The reference was made by a journalist who compared the silhouette of fans standing on a newly raised earthen embankment to soldiers standing on top of the hill at the Battle of Spion Kop which took place in January 1900.

According to the reporter, the steep nature of the terrace resembled a hill near Ladysmith, South Africa, which was the scene of battle during the Second Boer War. And it wasn’t just in London that a “Kop” had arisen.

What are your memories of the Kop? Have your say in the comments section

Two years later, in 1906, Ernest Edwards, then the sports editor of the Liverpool Echo, wrote about a new open embankment at Anfield. This large embankment behind Liverpool’s field goal would later be constructed, becoming known as the ‘Kop’ in the 1950s.

Many other grounds in the UK would then have ‘Kop’ sections bearing the same name. Once the racecourse’s cinder embankment was built, it wasn’t until a few years later that the stadium’s iconic concrete terrace was added.

In January 1957, more than 15,000 people thronged the Kop to watch Wrexham take on Manchester United’s ‘Busby Babes’ in an FA Cup fourth round. This match saw the largest crowd ever gathered at the racecourse – 34,445.

Wrexham are in the last four
The Kop in its current form

As those of us over 30 know, the atmosphere of a patio is hard to replicate elsewhere in the ground. The idea of ​​being able to stand where you want, rather than being confined to a particular seat while your friends are perched on the other end of the row, swinging with the crowd, even jumping up and down when (if) you score and feeling like you can actually influence the outcome of the game if you shout loud enough is a fun thing that many pitches unfortunately lack these days.

Hopefully the Stadium for the North campaign could bring us one step closer to returning to the days when the Kop was one of the most popular and vocal areas on the pitch.

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]]> Kansas City-Baltimore Races Sun, 08 May 2022 21:07:12 +0000 Orioles second. Ramon Urias has called for a strike. Anthony Bemboom goes to second base, Nicky Lopez to Hunter Dozier. Jorge Mateo chooses to left center field. Cedric Mullins doubles to deep right field. Jorge Mateo scores. Trey Mancini stops shortstop, Bobby Witt Jr. at Hunter Dozier.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 fouls, 1 remaining. Orioles 1, Royals 0.

Royals third. Bobby Witt Jr. lines up at shortstop Jorge Mateo. Kyle Isbel doubles to deep right field. Nicky Lopez walks. Edward Olivares chooses in the center of the field. Nicky Lopez at third. Kyle Isbel scores. Andrew Benintendi runs aground in the shallow infield. Michael A. Taylor comes out second.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 fouls, 1 remaining. Royals 1, Orioles 1.

Royals fifth. Bobby Witt Jr. picks to left field. Kyle Isbel chooses to shallow right field. Bobby Witt Jr. second. Nicky Lopez reaches a fielder’s pick at first base. Kyle Isbel third. Bobby Witt Jr scores. Throwing error by Ryan Mountcastle. Michael A. Taylor appears at second base for Rougned Odor. Andrew Benintendi on a sacrificial fly to left field at Austin Hays. Kyle Isbel scores. Salvador Perez flies out to right field to Anthony Santander.

2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 left. Royals 3, Orioles 1.

Orioles fifth. Trey Mancini appears to Hunter Dozier. Anthony Santander flies into deep center field toward Michael A. Taylor. Austin Hays chooses to right field. Ryan Mountcastle doubles to deep left field. Austin Hays scores. Rougned Odor flies out to left field to Andrew Benintendi.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 fouls, 1 remaining. Royals 3, Orioles 2.

Orioles seventh. Trey Mancini single. Anthony Santander gets to first base. Trey Mancini comes out second. Austin Hays takes a walk. Ryan Mountcastle picks to right center field. Austin Hays second. Rougned Odor doubles, passes 3rd. Ryan Mountcastle scores. Austin Hays scores. Ramon Urias strikes while swinging.

2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 remaining. Orioles 4, Royals 3.

Royals eighth. Michael A. Taylor flies out to shallow center field toward Anthony Santander. Andrew Benintendi chooses in the center of the field. Salvador Perez singles to shallow center field. Andrew Benintendi third. Ryan O’Hearn on a sacrifice steal to left field for Austin Hays. Andrew Benintendi scores. Hunter Dozier walks. Salvador Perez second. Whit Merrifield reaches the pick of a defensive shortstop. Hunter Dozier exited in second place.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 remaining. Royals 4, Orioles 4.

Royals ninth. Bobby Witt Jr. flies out to Anthony Santander’s right field. Kyle Isbel stops at shortstop, Jorge Mateo at Ryan Mountcastle. Nicky Lopez reached by mistake. Field Error by Rougned Odor. Michael A. Taylor chooses to left field. Nicky Lopez scores. Andrew Benintendi chooses to left center field. Michael A. Taylor second. Salvador Perez singles to right field. Andrew Benintendi third. Michael A. Taylor scores. Emmanuel Rivera hits hard for Ryan O’Hearn. Emmanuel Rivera walks. MJ Melendez second. Hunter Dozier strikes while swinging.

2 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors, 3 left. Royals 6, Orioles 4.

Imitation and parody. . . You can’t have one without the other Sun, 08 May 2022 04:02:21 +0000

Aristotle said to Plato,
“Do you have another sweet potato?”
Said Plato to Aristotle,
“Thanks, I prefer the bottle.”
said Socrates,
“Less rhyming, please!” »

These ancient worthies are mentioned because poetic imitation has been used to define a variety of technical things ever since Plato wrote a treatise called “Poetics”. For our purposes here, I would describe it more as a sincere form of flattery or praise. Poetic Parody takes a different approach as a humorous send-off of a specific poem, poet, or style. Let’s start with the sublime in rhyme before moving on to the worst in verse!

The most significant poetic imitation came from the pen of Alexander Pope (1688-1744) who did not hide his sources. He was inspired by the work of the Roman poet Horace and called his new versions “Imitated Satires and Epistles of Horace”. These were not translations, but rather the spirit of the Roman originals in updated passages like this.

The time was, a sober Englishman would knock
His servants rise and rise at five o’clock,
Instruct his family in all the rules,
And send his wife to church, his son to school.
To worship like his fathers was his concern;
To teach their frugal virtues to his heir;
To prove that luxury will never last,
And place, in complete safety, his gold.
Now times have changed, and a poetic itch
Seized court and city, poor and rich:
Sons, fathers and grandfathers, all will bear the berries,
Our wives read Milton, and our daughters play,
In the theaters, and in crowded rehearsals,
And all our grace at the table is a song.
When sick of Muse, our follies we lament,
And promise our best friends not to rhyme anymore;
We wake up the next morning in a fit of rage,
And call for pen and ink to show our spirit.

Horace reciting his Satires. Painting by Fyodor Bronnikov

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The satires of Horace (65 BC – 8 BC) that the pope imitated were themselves imitated by Greek poets and an earlier Latin writer named Lucilius, so the process of imitation has had a long history. Horace brought out a lighter, self-deprecating side of the pope

In the forest planted by a father’s hand,
Than in five acres now of leased land.
Happy with little, I can draw here
On broccoli and mutton, all year round;
But old friends (though poor or out of the game)
Who touches my bell, I can’t turn away.

Pope himself was not immune to parody, however. Here is one of his famous verses:

It is here that spring will give its first sweetness.
Here the first roses of the year will blow.

A change of just one word and one letter, and we have this piece of slapstick:

Here is the spring that her first colds will bestow.
Here the first noses of the year will blow!

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A poem often imitated, but even more often parodied, is “Song of Hiawatha” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is written in a format called . . . Are you ready . . . unrhymed trochaic tetrameter. Most of us would recognize the opening with its four bouncing stress beats to the line:

On the shores of Gitche Gumee,
Of the brilliant Great-Water-Sea,
Stood Nokomis, the old woman,
Pointing his finger to the west,
Above the water pointing west,
To the purple clouds of the sunset.

“Take your bow, O Hiawatha,
Take your jasper-headed arrows,
Take your club, Puggawaugun,
And your mittens, Minjekahwun,
And your birch canoe to navigate,
And the oil of Mishe-Nahma.

Leaving Hiawatha. Painting by Albert Bierstadt.

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Edward Newman (1801-1875), English writer and entomologist (insects), was so struck by Longfellow’s epic that he imitated it throughout a book called “The Insect Hunters” and was glad to recognize the ‘original. A fine example of imitation.

Through the greenways of the country,
Where the clematis and the bramble
Intertwine their arms in marriage,
Pause for a sip of pleasure,
Far from all that is mundane;
I ask you to read this poem,
Read this short and simple poem;
Reflect on his peaceful teaching;
Read, and then, please so,
Take the lines that I stole,
The sweet lines that I stole,
From the song ‘Hiawatha,’
And give them back, and give them back,
To their great and talented author.

On the other hand, the Reverend George Strong (1832-1912), writing under the name Marc Antony Henderson, could not stand what he perceived as the repetitive rhythm and primitive structure of “Hiawatha” and thus exposed this parody .

He killed the Mudjokivi nobles.
Of the skin he made her mittens,
Make them with the fur side in,
Make them with the skin side out.
Him, to have the warm side inside,
Put the inner side of the skin on the outside.
Him, to take the cold side out,
Put the fur side warm side inside.
That’s why he put the furry side inside,
Why he put the skin side out,
Why he turned them inside and out.

Without political bias, I must admit that I enjoyed this Hiawatha parody during the 2020 presidential campaign.

In the wigwam called the White House,
Lived the great chief known as POTUS,
Called The Donald, GOP tribe.
Fought with his rival,
Amtrak Joe, a Democrat.
A man goes out when two men come in,
Fought for days and weeks and longer,
Still fighting this mighty fight.
Who will be the winner of the POTUS?
Will the Donald leave the wigwam?
We will find out on November 3.

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No less a character than Rudyard Kipling chose a well-known Wordsworth poem as ripe for parody. The original:

She dwelt among the ways uncharted
Near the springs of Dove,
A maid that there was no one to hire
And very little to like:
A violet near a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eyes!
—Beautiful as a star, when only one
Shine in the sky.

She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she’s in her grave, and, oh,
The difference for me!

And Kipling’s automotive version:

He wandered in the mountain
Above rated speed –
A young man with whom Justice often stayed
And usually fined.

He left alone, so no one would know
If he could drive or direct.
Now he’s in the ditch, and Oh!
The differential!

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In my opinion, the master parodist is probably Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898) who used the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. He scattered lively poems in “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”. Many readers assume these are original verses when in fact almost all are parodies of existing poems.

For example, Dr. Isaac Watts wrote an instructive poem that begins:

How is the busy little bee
Improve every shining hour,
And harvest honey all day
Of every flower that opens.

Alice remembers it this way:

How is the little crocodile
Improve its shiny tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale.

Alice in Wonderland. Illustration by John Tenniel.

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You may have come across one of Robert Southey’s best-known poems:

You are old, Father William, cried the young man,
The few locks you have left are gray,
You are in good health, Father William, a warm old man.
Now tell me the reason, I pray.

When I was young, Father William answered
I remember that youth would fly fast,
And didn’t abuse my health and vigor first,
That I may never need it after all.

Using the same rhythm and slightly modifying the language, Lewis Carroll wrote this:

“You are old, Father William,” said the young man,
“And your hair has turned very white;
And yet you keep standing on your head –
Do you think that at your age is good?

“In my youth,” answered Father William to his son,
“I was worried it would hurt the brain;
But, now that I’m perfectly sure I don’t have any,
Why, I do it over and over again.

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And so, you might ask, has Lewis Carroll ever parodied Longfellow? You will recognize this rhythm: “In the age of imitation, I cannot claim any particular credit for this slight attempt to do what is known to be so easy. Any sufficiently practiced writer, with the slightest ear for rhythm, could compose for hours on end in the easy running meter of Hiawatha’s Song. Having clearly stated that I take no heed in the following little poem to its purely verbal jingle, I must urge the candid reader to confine his criticism to his treatment of the subject. I get it!

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VIDEO. Our video talks about parody, not to diminish the importance of imitation, but because parody is so much more fun. Here are the members of the First Poetry Quartet with George Plimpton and other guests performing first the original poem and then the BBQ version! Here are the skewered poems:

Alfred Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light Brigade

Robert Herrick on Julia’s clothes

Leigh Hunt Jenny kissed me

Rudyard Kipling Si

But first, we start with the story of Hero and Leander. It was the Leander who used to swim across the dangerous waters of the Hellespont to visit his true love, the handsome Hero. First we will have the classic version of Lord Byron who, of course, included himself in the story, then a modern version of Brooklyn by Joseph Newman.