Academic Graffiti

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

4.
Ludvig van Beethoven
Believed it proven
That, for mortal dust,
What must be, must.

7.
William Blake
Found Newton hard to take,
And was not enormously taken
With Francis Bacon.

22.
Thomas Hardy
Was never tardy
When summoned to fulfill
The Immanent WIll.

24.
No one could ever inveigle
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Into offering the slightest apology
For his Phenomenology.

28.
When the young Kant
Was told to kiss his aunt,
He obeyed the Categorical Must,
But only just.

36.
Mallarmé
Had too much to say:
He could never quite
Leave the paper white.

– W. H. Auden

All taken from Auden’s collection of clerihews, Academic Graffiti, these selections are the ones that touch upon a certain profundity with their wit.

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