Happy National Poetry Day!

In honour of National Poetry Day, and to continue a theme from yesterday’s post, here (courtesy of Wikipedia) are Charles Babbage’s suggestions to Alfred, Lord Tennyson on how to improve a poem:

"In your otherwise beautiful poem, one verse reads,

Every moment dies a man,
Every moment one is born.
 … If this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death. I would suggest:
Every moment dies a man,
Every moment 1 1/16 is born.

Strictly speaking, the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry."

Genius.

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