Monday, June 08, 2009

Famous penultimate words

(Or, from light verse to trite verse in one easy step)

Here is the grave of Norman Ned -
This man is born, but not yet dead.
His life goes by from day to day
In (more or less) a normal way.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league backward!
Out of the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
"Backward, the Light Brigade!
"Watch out for guns!" he said:
Out of the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Jan stood upon the jagged cliff and cried
"I can't go on! This is the end of me!"
The clouds grew dark. The wind was cold. So Jan
Drove into town and had a cup of tea.

The boy jumped off the burning deck...


Caz said...

Looky here: there's no evidence on show that these are, in fact, penultimate words.

You're have a lend of us!

TimT said...

Not at all. These words are the penultimate words before the ultimate penultimate words. They're the penultimate penultimates! They're very penultimate!

Caz said...

Ah, the antepenultimate words!

Why the heck didn't you just say that the first time.

Martin Kingsley said...

Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs from a .44
No Les No More.

My favourite Boot Hill inscription.

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