19th-century text message poetry


Text message poetry


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    Linguistic and literary games were popular before radio, television or the internet came along. Gleanings from the Harvest-fields of Literature for the Curious is a collection of playful poems and word games by the American writer Charles Carroll Bombaugh. It was enjoyed in homes on both sides of the Atlantic.



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    The poem ‘Essay to Miss Catharine Jay’ will look familiar to anyone with a mobile phone, even though it was written 125 years before text messaging was invented. Some lines are tricky for modern readers to interpret, but many are not, such as the phrase I wrote 2 U B 4 in line 6.


    Shelfmark: 12352.bbb.36.

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