You can also sing them to the "Gilligan's Island" theme song!
November 15, 2006 6:47 PM   Subscribe

I think this FPP would have made a great comment in this still-open thread: Emily Dickinson Writing A Poem
posted by taosbat at 6:56 PM on November 15, 2006

i heard a fly buzz -- when i died
and thought to myself - damn it, why?
i'm not even -- 5 seconds dead
and the bastard wants to get fed
posted by pyramid termite at 7:07 PM on November 15, 2006

You can also sing them to Yellow Rose of Texas.
posted by blahblahblah at 7:37 PM on November 15, 2006

Hmm, I just wrote an essay about "I Heard a Fly Buzz--When I Died," arguing that the speaker dies in the absolute, atheist sense of the word at the end of the poem. Of course, this means the speaker is logically impossible, but I argued poetry is supposed to be logically impossible sometimes.
posted by Citizen Premier at 8:22 PM on November 15, 2006

Sweet link! This will definitely come in handy in in my up-and-coming lit classes.
posted by nonmerci at 11:27 PM on November 15, 2006

That "You can sing them to X tune!" was mildly funny the first time, probably around 1920. Since then it's just been getting more and more irritating.
posted by languagehat at 6:29 AM on November 16, 2006

This is a really weak FPP.
posted by bardic at 6:54 AM on November 16, 2006

Not to derail, but this was too funny to not pass along here...

I'd like to apologize to the class for remarks I made during my lecture on Emily Dickenson...
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posted by jasper411 at 12:52 PM on November 16, 2006

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