ed rosenthal
March 20, 2015

A parody is an imitation of a serious work of art for comic effect.   In general, I avoid true parodies; when I imitate a poet as, for example, here, I usually have some other purpose than simply making fun.   In 1967, however, I did write a parody of Edward Fitzgerald's  most famous quatrain from his translation of Omar Khayyam, the one that goes:

A Book of Verses underneath the bow,
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou,
Beside me in the Wilderness.
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

My version follows:

Oh, come, my dear, you must drink of the cup.
Be calm - what better way is there to sup?
Why do you turn that verdant green?
I am sorry now that I brought it up.

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