Thursday, May 18, 2006

Winner of the Classic Quiz: Frank Nofsinger.

He posted seven—count `em—seven answers, one right after another and all correct. The poem is The Tyger by William Blake. First of all to post was David Graf at 6:21 a.m. Wednesday who is pulling our collective legs by saying that “the author was known as Saki but his real name was H. H. Monro. What do I win?” Nada. Graf is hereby sentenced to read Monro’s only novel, “The Unbearably Bassington” from 1912. Another important contributor, Bob in PF, filed a partial answer at 8:46 a.m. but had only the author’s name. However he adds a very important factoid: Blake tipped off Tom Paine that he was running in trouble in England with his “seditious” writings, Paine nearly dying in a Paris dungeon under the Jacobins with the acquiescence of ambassador Robert Morris which wasn’t reversed until James Monroe got Paine freed and nursed back to health. See what interesting things you learn while striving to answer a poem’s title and authorship? Congratulations.

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