Saturday, December 10, 2005


Um, Will This Be On The Final Exam?

It's not just for Pakistani textbooks anymore: over in TLS, Adele Davidson has discovered vertical acrostic messages hidden within the poetry of George Herbert:

"Divinity" contains an acrostic including the letters JWCABAL, the word “cabal” suggesting the Jewish cabal, or secret religious wisdom.... "The Rose", averring “repentance is a purge”, mentions the flower’s properties as a purgative: the acrostic includes the word PISS.... “Faith”, with the acrostic TAIIWTIATAWFNWATIIWVFW, contains the phrase "I wait, wait, wait, wait."

"His poem 'Misery'", she adds, "concludes, "HAA HAA."

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