Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Evolution Revolution

Ever been to a burlesque show? A little strip tease, a little dancing, a little entertainment…Actually, burlesque shows are classically more about comedy and parody than they are about the jiggling, but who’s counting?Burlesque literature, however, contains no boobs. From Burlesque: A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subject either by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or an inconsequential subject in a dignified style.Typically written in poem form, burlesque is a classic literary tradition often used in Spain and Italy, with Cervantes one of the most prolific writers in this style.

Yeah, I gotta say this one kicked my ass more than the 1000 word challenge. I couldn't write a true burlesque in the confines of a sonnet, as hard as I tried. This was the best I could do in the 24 hours i gave myself to write this...

While walking home along the Quai d'orsay
Recalling days at school. I reminisced
Of evolutionary naturalist,
One Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet

Contemporary of Lavoisier
He criticised his view on chemistry
Disdainful to a tolerable degree
Of theories set forth by Georges Cuvier

Was also known as Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
His theory was the topic of his day
Much like Charles Darwin and Pangenesis

He said paternal aspects were the spark
That carried over through our DNA
Lamarckism’s not easily dismissed

Folk Implosion - Natural One

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