Benjamin Williams

Two Dead Men (2007)

The Two Dead Men poem is not nonsense in the pure sense, as each line is understandable, but is rather full of impossible situations. This type of humor has been popular on the British Isles since the Middle Ages. This poem in particular has appeared in a variety of forms since the 19th century. A number of collected examples are available in Io a and Peter Opie's The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren.

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