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Old 4th December 2009, 01:06 AM   #1
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The Galileo Affair in a Limerick poem

The Galileo Affair in a Limerick poem

While watching a cannonball's motion,
Galileo conceived of the notion
That natural laws,
Not a mystical Cause,
Ruled the physical world's locomotion.

Though its own view was mostly confused,
The Church was not greatly amused
With this flaunting of Deo
By old Galileo
And ordered it quickly defused.

So the Pope sent some priests who inquired
If it wouldn't be best he retired?
"Undoubtedly you know
What we did for Bruno;
Do you also wish to be fired?"


MORE:

http://sciencereligionnews.blogspot....rick-poem.html



Just dug up this classic poem, hope some of the more artistic minded will enjoy it.
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Old 4th December 2009, 01:20 AM   #2
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:14 AM   #3
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Why?
Just testing to see the reception of Galileo's idea's.
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:33 AM   #4
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calebprime wrote the worst limerick ever
containing not a jot, not a single thing clever
he did this because he could;
not because he should;
and then the limerick ended.
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Originally Posted by calebprime View Post
calebprime wrote the worst limerick ever
containing not a jot, not a single thing clever
he did this because he could;
not because he should;
and then the limerick ended.
Candy is dandy.
But liquor is quicker.



Please refrain from posting doggerel here, it can ruin a classic poem.
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:40 AM   #6
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calebprime: You are wrong! This is the worst limerick ever:

an ancient pond
a frog jumps in
the splash of water

-Basho
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:42 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Ness36 View Post
calebprime: You are wrong! This is the worst limerick ever:

an ancient pond
a frog jumps in
the splash of water

-Basho
calebprime didn't write the poem.
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:44 AM   #8
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No, I write the songs that break the young girls' hearts.

I write the songs.

I write the songs.
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:47 AM   #9
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"So spake th' Eternal Father, and fulfilld
All Justice: nor delaid the winged Saint
After his charge receivd; but from among
Thousand Celestial Ardors, where he stood
Vaild with his gorgeous wings, up springing light [ 250 ]
Flew through the midst of Heav'n; th' angelic Quires
On each hand parting, to his speed gave way
Through all th' Empyreal road; till at the Gate
Of Heav'n arriv'd, the gate self-opend wide
On golden Hinges turning, as by work [ 255 ]
Divine the sov'ran Architect had fram'd.
From hence, no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight,
Starr interpos'd, however small he sees,
Not unconform to other shining Globes,
Earth and the Gard'n of God, with Cedars crownd [ 260 ]
Above all Hills. As when by night the Glass
Of Galileo, less assur'd, observes
Imagind Lands and Regions in the Moon:
Or Pilot from amidst the Cyclades
Delos or Samos first appeering kenns [ 265 ]
A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight
He speeds, and through the vast Ethereal Skie
Sailes between worlds and worlds, with steddie wing
Now on the polar windes, then with quick Fann
Winnows the buxom Air; till within soare [ 270 ]
Of Towring Eagles, to all the Fowles he seems
A Phœnix, gaz'd by all, as that sole Bird
When to enshrine his reliques in the Sun's
Bright Temple, to Ægyptian Theb's he flies.
At once on th' Eastern cliff of Paradise [ 275 ]
He lights, and to his proper shape returns
A Seraph wingd; six wings he wore, to shade
His lineaments Divine; the pair that clad
Each shoulder broad, came mantling o're his brest
With regal Ornament; the middle pair [ 280 ]
Girt like a Starrie Zone his waste, and round
Skirted his loines and thighes with downie Gold
And colours dipt in Heav'n; the third his feet
Shaddowd from either heele with featherd maile
Skie-tinctur'd grain. Like Maia's son he stood, [ 285 ]
And shook his Plumes, that Heav'nly fragrance filld
The circuit wide. Strait knew him all the Bands
Of Angels under watch; and to his state,
And to his message high in honour rise;
For on Som message high they guessd him bound. [ 290 ]
Thir glittering Tents he passd, and now is come
Into the blissful field, through Groves of Myrrhe,
And flouring Odours, Cassia, Nard, and Balme;
A Wilderness of sweets; for Nature here
Wantond as in her prime, and plaid at will [ 295 ]
Her Virgin Fancies, pouring forth more sweet,
Wilde above Rule or Art; enormous bliss.
Him through the spicie Forrest onward com
Adam discernd, as in the dore he sat
Of his coole Bowre, while now the mounted Sun [ 300 ]
Shot down direct his fervid Raies, to warme
Earths inmost womb, more warmth then Adam needs;
And Eve within, due at her hour prepar'd
For dinner savourie fruits, of taste to please
True appetite, and not disrelish thirst [ 305 ]
Of nectarous draughts between, from milkie stream,
Berrie or Grape: to whom thus Adam call'd."

John Milton - Paradise Lost, Book 5

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/rea..._5/index.shtml


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Old 4th December 2009, 08:49 AM   #10
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I meant this poem....?

calebprime wrote the worst limerick ever
containing not a jot, not a single thing clever
he did this because he could;
not because he should;
and then the limerick ended.
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:50 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Galileo View Post
"So spake th' Eternal Father.............

John Milton - Paradise Lost, Book 5

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/rea..._5/index.shtml

OK, you win, that is definitely the worst limerick ever!

Ah, back before TV or movies were invented, and people only had poetry to entertain themselves with!
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:52 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Ness36 View Post
I meant this poem....?

calebprime wrote the worst limerick ever
containing not a jot, not a single thing clever
he did this because he could;
not because he should;
and then the limerick ended.
Ok, sorry, I agree.

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Old 4th December 2009, 08:52 AM   #13
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Back to Galileo, wasn't it funny when the pope decided to pardon him a few years ago?
I'm sure he appreciated it.
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Old 4th December 2009, 08:54 AM   #14
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I think this one explains the Galileo Affair better:

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me
Galileo Galileo Galileo Galileo Galileo Figaro
Magnifico-o-o-o-o
I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity


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"He scarce had ceas't when the superiour Fiend
Was moving toward the shoar; his ponderous shield
Ethereal temper, massy, large and round, [ 285 ]
Behind him cast; the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
At Ev'ning from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands, [ 290 ]
Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
His Spear, to equal which the tallest Pine
Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the Mast
Of some great Ammiral, were but a wand,
He walkt with to support uneasie steps [ 295 ]
Over the burning Marle, not like those steps
On Heavens Azure, and the torrid Clime
Smote on him sore besides, vaulted with Fire;
Nathless he so endur'd, till on the Beach
Of that inflamed Sea, he stood and call'd [ 300 ]
His Legions, Angel Forms, who lay intrans't
Thick as Autumnal Leaves that strow the Brooks
In Vallombrosa, where th' Etrurian shades
High overarch't imbowr; or scatterd sedge
Afloat, when with fierce Winds Orion arm'd [ 305 ]
Hath vext the Red-Sea Coast, whose waves orethrew
Busiris and his Memphian Chivalry,
While with perfidious hatred they pursu'd
The Sojourners of Goshen, who beheld
From the safe shore thir floating Carkases [ 310 ]
And broken Chariot Wheels, so thick bestrown
Abject and lost lay these, covering the Flood,
Under amazement of thir hideous change.
He call'd so loud, that all the hollow Deep
Of Hell resounded. Princes, Potentates, [ 315 ]
Warriers, the Flowr of Heav'n, once yours, now lost,
If such astonishment as this can sieze
Eternal spirits; or have ye chos'n this place
After the toyl of Battel to repose
Your wearied vertue, for the ease you find [ 320 ]
To slumber here, as in the Vales of Heav'n?
Or in this abject posture have ye sworn
To adore the Conquerour? who now beholds
Cherube and Seraph rowling in the Flood
With scatter'd Arms and Ensigns, till anon [ 325 ]
His swift pursuers from Heav'n Gates discern
Th' advantage, and descending tread us down
Thus drooping, or with linked Thunderbolts
Transfix us to the bottom of this Gulfe.
Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n. [ 330 ] "

John Milton - Paradise Lost - Book 1

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/rea..._1/index.shtml

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Adulatio Perniciosa

When shines the moon and heavens pass,
Its golden train a tranquil arc,
The sights of twinkling stars entrance.
We marvel everywhere at sparks,
Discovered, Galilei, by thy glass:
Jupiter’s moons assentingly remark
And Saturn’s entourage doth dance.

But when Dawn’s light reveals new day,
The sun alone spreads from the East,
And shining beams enthrall our view.
On scepter’s glory, kings may feast;
Adorned with gems while glints array.
Satellites thus in multitudes proceed,
Companions follow favors due.

That nothing could more blessed be
Than state of kingship all opine
Whom masks deceive with false displays.
What on the outside brilliant shines may not inside,
Just as we see (who would believe?) black spots in Sun Divine?
To Galilei’s art sing praise!

Truth, herald of salvation,
Unwelcomed, flees the mighty
Often an enemy proves more useful.

Pope Urban VIII

http://monkey.org/~jefrey/Dangerous%...ion%20text.pdf



I bet Urban was pretty irked when this got published!

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Old 4th December 2009, 09:12 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Myriad View Post
I think this one explains the Galileo Affair better:

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me
Galileo Galileo Galileo Galileo Galileo Figaro
Magnifico-o-o-o-o
I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity


Respectfully,
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As a limerick, the galileo, galileo, galileo affair might go like this-o.

Galileo Galileo Galileo.
Galileo Galileo Galileo.
Figaro Figaro
Joe Blow Joe Blow
Fandango Galileo Magnifico.
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Old 4th December 2009, 09:31 AM   #18
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Let's all play; Finish the Poem!

"Galileo was a man from Nantucket

Whose………….


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Originally Posted by Galileo View Post
Let's all play; Finish the Poem!

"Galileo was a man from Nantucket

Whose………….


Galileo was a man from Nantucket
Whose property abutted Ray Kurzweil's.
They both had McMansions.
This poem lacks all scansion.
And the subject is no longer fertile.
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Then, dalla richiesta popolare,
The Church re-analyses all things starry,
And after 359 years,
Lo! New data appears!
And quoth the Pope: "Er... terribly sorry".
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Ah, unique limericks? I recently took part in a short limerick competition with this entry:

"There was a young man from Lyme
Who was very fond of the Rhyme
But his Limericks tend
To come to an end
Suddenly".

This was followed by the quite brilliant

"There was a young man from Peru
Whose Limericks stop at line two"

This seemed to set an unassailable record until I made the world beating:

"There was a young man from Verdun"
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Ah, unique limericks? I recently took part in a short limerick competition with this entry:

"There was a young man from Lyme
Who was very fond of the Rhyme
But his Limericks tend
To come to an end
Suddenly".

This was followed by the quite brilliant

"There was a young man from Peru
Whose Limericks stop at line two"

This seemed to set an unassailable record until I made the world beating:

"There was a young man from Verdun"
Obviously, you're not familiar with the one about the man named Nero.
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Originally Posted by Galileo View Post
Let's all play; Finish the Poem!

"Galileo was a man from Nantucket
Who given a problem, was not one to duck it.
So he dropped lots of weights,
And measured their rates,
Before gath'ring them up in a bucket.
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Galileo fled from the charges to Nantucket

He brought all his notes in a bucket

The Inquisition was grim

When they couldn't bring him in

So finally the Pope said "F it!"
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There was a young woman from Spain
Had an affair in the rain.
They did it again
And again and again
And again and again and again.
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A young gay man in Chartum
Took a Lesbian up to his room
They argued all night
Over who has the right
To do what, and with who, and to whom.

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Galileo Galileo Galileo
Galileo Galileo Galileo
Galileo Galileo
Galileo Galileo
Galileo Galileo Galileo.
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OK, you win, that is definitely the worst limerick ever!

Ah, back before TV or movies were invented, and people only had poetry to entertain themselves with!
It's not very well known that Milton originally intended Paradise Lost to be a limerick. Early draft:

Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.
Till a serpent said, "God, don't you heed 'im."
So she ate of the fruit.
God gave her the boot,
And she moved to the west coast of Sweden.

But it just didn't have the gravitas he was aiming for.
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There was a young man from Trinity
Who shattered his sister's virginity.
He bu**ered his brother,
Had twins by his mother,
And still got a First in Divinity.
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He buttered his brother?
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He buttered his brother?
Yes. Filthy practice. Thankfully illegal in civilised countries.
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Galileo Galileo Galileo
Galileo Galileo Galileo
Galileo Galileo
Galileo Galileo
Galileo Galileo Galileo.
Can't top this perfection; however:

There once was a galling astronomer
Whose book cast Urban a moron or more
Said the pope: "For your sass,
Imagine your ass
Is grass and that I'm our Lord's lawn mower!"
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There once was a glass called a telescope
whose user was a bit like murder she wrote
The observations therein
were akin to a sin
Yet Angela never got the Pope's goat.
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There once was a limerick by me,
That didn't have a rhyme in it at all.
I also didn't have the two little lines in the middle,
That are shorter that all of the other lines
Or scan in any way, shape or form.
And it had one line too many.
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Old 21st December 2009, 04:37 AM   #36
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The lost John Milton work,Paradise Misplaced.
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Old 21st December 2009, 04:54 AM   #37
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My father used to repeat this a lot (I think he stole it from someone more famous) as a comment on 'lazy' modern poetry that doesn't rhyme:

There was a young man from Bengal
Who went to a fancy dress party
He thought he would risk it
And go as a cake
But a dog ate him up in the lobby
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Old 21st December 2009, 06:18 AM   #38
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And here of course is the not-quite-dirty-not-quite-limerick:

There was a young lady from Lyss,
Who went down to the river to bathe
A man in a punt
Grabbed hold of her hand
And so the young lady was saved.
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Old 21st December 2009, 06:20 AM   #39
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Keep 'em coming.

Well-formed limericks are ban-able offenses here, unless you're Blobru.
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Old 21st December 2009, 09:21 AM   #40
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I once saw a limrick I liked
It was only two lines longs.
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