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    dots Submission Name: Why Samuel Clemens Changed his Namedots

    Author: annie0888
    ASL Info:    49/f/LA
    Elite Ratio:    4.76 - 327/382/122
    Words: 71
    Class/Type: Poetry/Satire
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       My son had an extra credit assignment in English to research how Samuel Clemens came up with the pen name Mark Twain. This was one theory- although not the most widely accepted one.

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    dotsWhy Samuel Clemens Changed his Namedots

    Samuel Clemens, a most American writer,
    Was a cigar smoker and a toenail biter.
    His habits were many and varied and naughty -
    A little too loud, a little too haughty.

    But the worst one of all was his strong inclination
    Toward two-fisted drinking and credit extension.
    From the end of the bar all could hear him exclaim,
    'nother round, and Bartender go on and mark twain.

    Submitted on 2006-08-29 23:46:42     Terms of Service / Copyright Rules
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      his name was taken from the nautical term mark twain as he spent some time as a riverboat captain. interesting theory here though.
    | Posted on 2006-09-04 00:00:00 | by sierramuse8 | [ Reply to This ]
      Racking up credit on booze huh? Unique lol. In your last line, you meant 'mark' as in rough someone up, right? That's what I think you meant... but I don't know what 'twain' means in this regard. Am I missing something in terms of American vernacularism?

    Either way, you get your point across, and the rollicking rhythm helps make this even more entertaining. For a short piece, you've said everything needed to deliver your message.

    So... I'm afraid I have no nitpicks.

    | Posted on 2006-08-29 00:00:00 | by alteredlife | [ Reply to This ]
      Lol, Annie, sometimes you just make me laugh. You used an english assignment as a base for a very witty poem--and I love the subject almost as much as the rhythm! The rhythm and mood are very southern/louisiana-like, and I really don't know how I picked that out of there :) I guess it was the bouncyness and abandon that you created it with. I won't even bother looking into the nitpicky stuff, because its not worth it. This is just a funny, enjoyable poem, because it takes an otherwise semi-serious subject such as a biography and turns it into a joke!. Thanks for that!

    | Posted on 2006-08-31 00:00:00 | by Aetha Daemon | [ Reply to This ]
      You should write more humorous poems (like wewak). you have a great flair for comedic writing. Nice job here.

    Peace, love and all that other junk,

    | Posted on 2006-08-31 00:00:00 | by joeyalphabet | [ Reply to This ]
      Am I to understand that your son wrote this, or merely that your help with his assignment inspired this? In either case, it's delightful. And no, Jase. "Mark Twain" means 2nd depth mark, but is used here to mean "mark me down for 2 more on credit."
    Great rhyming and decent meter, that sounds as light and airy as the humor of the content.
    | Posted on 2006-08-30 00:00:00 | by fredmelden | [ Reply to This ]

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