The Magic Lantern*
is a pleasing Family Amusement
well-suited to all ages
and both sexes,
ready in a few minutes
for the entertainment
of friends or families;
in fact, a cheerful house
should never be without one.
Each has twelve sliders,
on which are finely painted
about sixty grotesque figures,
which by reflection are magnified
from a miniature, as large as nature,
according to the size of the lantern,
which, when humorously displayed,
may entertain twenty persons,
or more at the same time,
and are well adapted
for Youth at this season.
This is a found poem, taken without any changes to the text accept for line breaks, from a digital version of News From the Past, 1805- 1887, by edited Yyvonne Ffrench in 1934.
8 thoughts on “A found poem”
Wonderful poem, wonderful source. (I want to change my name to Ddebb Sscott.) It’s really odd, I was *just* thinking about this type of found poem a few days ago.
i love old newspaper articles. newspaper writing “these days” is so barren by comparison! great find!!!
Deb, I thought the spelling of her name was odd too. How did that spelling evolve? I got the idea to do this from one of my prompts for rwp, and I’m telling you, it would have been easier to write something myself. Searching for poems on google books is tough!
But I agree with you, Carolee, those old articles are more effusive and colorful.
This is great! I especially love that last stanza. It’s also interesting how words like “grotesque” have different shades of meanings over time. What a fun post. Now I want to go find a poem!
This is clever. Well done, C. (And adding the picture was a good idea too.)
How neat…….I’ve still never tried a found poem……I must. I love how the slightly archaic language filters through here.
Michelle, I found the picture by googling ‘magic lantern + clip art.’ There’s a site that provides material that can be copied freely.
Thanks, Jo and Julie. I’m still going to keep searching for that great found poem!
🙂 I like this a lot.