THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO
23 JUNE 2014
Things That Make You Go
Theodore Seuss Geisel was a master of anapestic meter.An anapest is a metrical foot used in poetry which comprises two short syllables, followed by a long one. More familiarly (particularly in the world created by Seuss), it consisted of two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed one:
"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house..."
Or, in keeping with this week's theme:
"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house All that cold, cold, wet day."
Simple, but at the same time extremely difcult to pull
off effectively.Geisel was an English major at Dartmouth who eventually became the editor-in-chief of the college humor magazine, the
Dartmouth Jack O' Lantern;
but after being forced by the dean to resign his post after being caught drinking gin in his dorm room, he rather cunningly adopted the nom de plume "Seuss" in order to continue to be able to write for the magazine.
Apparently, nobody at the Ivy League college gured out the identity of the mysterious "Seuss."
When banned from his post for a gin-drinking crime The scribe picked a name and then bided his time. In a different guise he remained on the loose By pretending to be the mysterious "Seuss."Geisel graduated from Dartmouth and left the USA to pursue a PhD in English literature at Lincoln College, Oxford; but, whilst there, he met a lady named Helen Palmer who persuaded him that he should give up his dream of becoming an English teacher and pursue a career as a cartoonist.Returning home without a degree but with a
ancée (named Helen Palmer), Geisel found
that his drawing ability allowed him to earn a rather handsome living as a cartoonist after he
succeeded in getting his rst cartoon published
Saturday Evening Post
on July 16, 1927.To receive Grant Williams'
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