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John Falstaff
14-11-03, 00:36
Hi Everyone,


I've just found the deep, and profoundly depressing, poem.

'There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!-
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'

(E. Lear)

:( :(

14-11-03, 00:38
Shouldn't you be out dog hunting?


14-11-03, 00:38
Wow.... That's deep.


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14-11-03, 01:09
haven't heard that one in a good long time...

John Falstaff
14-11-03, 01:18
Hi Dragon Dan,

It was writen in 1846, I hadn't realised your an oldie too!


14-11-03, 01:41
I love poetry but I just can't capture the essence of this poem. What's so deep about it :confused:

Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif

14-11-03, 01:45
Come now John, explain your way out of this one......... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

John Falstaff
14-11-03, 01:54
Hi Everyone!

There are, at least, two explanations. Either I'm profoundly shallow, or you should look up 'irony' in a dictionary!

Either way, I think it's a very good poem!


14-11-03, 15:31
That's a nice poem...It makes me think about live, but I don't understand why do u say it's a deep one. :confused:
I love poetry too, but I agree with rouge. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif
Your not profoundly shallow.Everyone can feel touched in different ways about different things.
Maybe it spoke to u and not to us.
But as for me, this one didn't... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif

John Falstaff
14-11-03, 15:55
I think I'll have to give up irony! :(

14-11-03, 16:28
HAHAHAHA, maybe you can't do irony? Or maybe...people haven't got a sense of humour??? ;)

14-11-03, 17:12
Originally posted by John Falstaff:
Hi Everyone!

There are, at least, two explanations. Either I'm profoundly shallow, or you should look up 'irony' in a dictionary!

Either way, I think it's a very good poem!

http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif My first thought was the latter unless you have been pulling the wool over everyone's eyes all this time http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif ;)

14-11-03, 17:34
There is no doubt this is a very profound poem, John. I have no doubt an entire university semester could be spent on its analysis. :D

14-11-03, 20:35

Situational Irony: expecting one thing to happen, but something else happens instead
ex. A doctor finds a cure for cancer and then dies of cancer himself

Verbal Irony: saying one thing and meaning another
ex. This is a very profound poem http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif ...

Dramatic Irony (my favorite): a situation in a play, in which the audience or reader has knowledge of the present or the future which the character is ignorant of.
ex. Horror movie- girl runs upstairs to hide and the audience knows that that is where the killer is Mwahahahahaaa

Please John I invite you to enlighten us!

Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

14-11-03, 20:47
Hey........at least it rhymes!!!!!!

John Falstaff
14-11-03, 20:48
Hi Rogue,


I will have to give up what you're calling 'verbal irony'. As Steph points out, I don't seem to have mastered it.

:( :( http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif

14-11-03, 21:17
Nothing like profound irony John. It has been said that the Brits excel. How would I know?

John Falstaff
14-11-03, 21:31
Hi Tippucat,


But are you being ironic?

The great (American) writer Gore Vidal once said something to the effect that:-

"The trouble with the British is that they don't recognise irony - unless they see an 'Auntie Mavis' twinkle in your eye! The trouble with Americans is that they don't recognise irony!)"


14-11-03, 22:04
;) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

14-11-03, 22:08
I'm lost here too. How is this profoundly deep? I get that you shouldn't sit around your entire life and do nothing until you realize it's too late.

14-11-03, 22:19
Usually, but not exclusively, satirical. The Brits are said to be good at it for a variety of reasons: usually 'cos their inhibitions prevent them from being overtly rude. So, they 'dress' it up. Hence many styles of different languages associated with the 'English' language.

14-11-03, 23:00
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15-11-03, 06:59
Hmmm This has become one complex and ironical disussion-just the kind I like http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif