Short Poem Saturday – Lines for a Christmas Card – Belloc

Belloc_epigram2The impertinence and satire oozing from this epigram is a not-so-subtle glimpse into the career and life of the writer behind it. Hilaire Belloc was one of the most prolific British authors of his time – he wrote in every genre except drama – and was fiercely passionate about all of his political and religious views. Many of those views were controversial and unpopular in his own day; for instance, he stridently opposed British Imperialism in its heyday and favored a return to a single European Catholic monarchy à la the Middle Ages. Some are considered flatly unacceptable and outdated today. As a result, Belloc is mostly remembered for his witty poetry and a series of popular books of satirical children’s verse. You can access and download one of those books, Cautionary Tales For Children, complete with its delightful illustrations, for free from the Gutenberg project – click here! Photo collage and composition by me.

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  1. Beautiful collage and composition. I vaguely remembered his tales for children, but your post inspired me to take a look at the poet again. Thank you…and thank you for sharing this piece…the quote made me laugh and brought a bit of sparkle to the day.

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    1. You are so welcome! I am so glad that you enjoyed it – Belloc has a number of clever and pithy verses that never fail to make me smile. His epigram “I’m tired of love” has been on my “To Be Done” list for a while. This post has been an inspiration to work on that one too!

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  2. Gorey must have read that book over and over again… 🙂 Am I imagining things or is that latte art you’ve used?! I think that is perfect media for satire.

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    1. I was thinking that too! But I didn’t find any written proof that they interacted in any way (Gorey would have been in his twenties when Belloc died) or if Gorey was directly influenced by him. Convergent evolution, perhaps? It is intriguing!
      You are most certainly not imagining things 😀 That was the top of a most excellent cappuccino I had once in Boston. I think Belloc would have definitely directed some of his satire at latte art, had such a thing existed in his day!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sheldon! It is good to see your comments again – you are missed. I hope you are doing okay. Sometimes a salty Belloc epigram is just the thing for the spirit!

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