Stiff ~ RBP & Classics

She looked at him
And she knew he was
A stiff
And as a stiff she knew
He was as stiff as

A functionary presiding over an interview, previous to an execution (1)

The corpse of a hanged man (2)

A side of coarse leather (3)

A marble statue (4)

Oak leaves after a frost (5)

A soldier on parade (6)

A coat of mail (7)

And a dry Quaker (8)

But she hoped,
Ah, she hoped
He wouldn’t be so much of
A stiff
Lest he be
As stiff as

A pointer’s tail (9)

Iron bars (10)

Or a ramrod (11)

…Or at least

Holding a stiff drink (12)

For J: I told you I would make a poem of that amusing line from your story. Sorry it took so long, though.

And for R: You told me I could steal any of  your words if I ever wanted to… You didn’t specify I couldn’t steal the amusing typos.

The above analogies are attributed to:

  1. Charles Dickens
  2. Alexandre Dumas
  3. James T. Fields
  4. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  5. George Meredith
  6. Charles Reade
  7. Walter Savage Landor
  8. Thomas Wade
  9. Maurice Hewlett
  10. Guy de Maupassant
  11. Charles James Lever
  12. Jeannie Garcia

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