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Wilde, Stoker, Ruskin and Whistler in limericks

Photograph of Oscar Wilde

Oh no. Don’t mix Interesting Literature’s Lives of Victorian Writers Told in Limericks with commuting; before you know it, you’ll be thinking in limericks yourself. Here are my attempts. James McNeill Whistler Butterflies aren’t ‘sposed to sting But tears Jimmy Whistler did wring From his friends, don’t you see He’d make enemies His praises you had to sing Oscar Wilde

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Zuleika Dobson

or, An Oxford Love Story “Oxford, that lotus-land, saps the will-power, the power of action.  But, in doing so, it clarifies the mind, makes larger the vision, gives, above all, that playful and caressing suavity of manner which comes of a conviction that nothing matters, except ideas, and that not even ideas are worth dying for, inasmuch as the ghosts

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