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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