Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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In Competition No. 2383 you were asked to supply a poem (preferably with rhymes) in which each line contains an anagram (more than one word can be involved).

I intended this comp to be torture, I hoped that my postbag would consequently be light this week, I even tackled my own task but didn't get much further than: 'A horse along a shore can happily trot: A carthorse in an orchestra cannot.' To my amazement, I was landed with a big entry that glittered with ingenuity. (Some of you, I suspect, own anagram dictionaries, and why not?) Commendations to Tim Raikes, Andrew Brison and Basil Ransome-Davies. The winners, printed below, get £25 each, barring Shirley Curran, who comes top with £30.

You can tell I'm bored, emotionally curbed,

The truth is it hurts to be single and free.

My admirer is married, my parents perturbed,

The neighbours are talking, the eyes they see. …

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