Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kings and Queens by Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon; drawings by Robin Jacques (1983)

I don't really have anything interesting to say about this.  The poems were interesting but nothing really stood out.   The concept itself is cool; I wonder if anyone has done something similar for U.S. presidents?  Maybe they should.  The Henry VIII poem is probably the best of the lot.

 I'm reading a biography (a very long one) about Queen Anne right now, who is dull, which makes for dull reading.  The Farjeon's poem about Queen Anne sort of sums up that book as well:

Queen Anne's dead!
Poor Queen Anne!
If she was plain,
She had a pretty fan,
If she was dull,
She wore a pretty gown,
And almost looked alive
Underneath her crown.

Queen Anne's dead!
Poor plain Anne!
Fold her pretty gown,
Close her pretty fan,
And on her pretty monument
Let nothing else be read
But these plain words:
Queen Anne's dead.

Actually, thinking about this poem, it's delightfully snarky.

Kings And QueensKings And Queens by Eleanor Farjeon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The concept is far more interesting than most of the poems.

I liked the one about Henry VIII the best, although the one about Queen Anne is delightfully snarky.


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