Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Robert Conquest (1917-2015) wrote a limerick of genius
Robert Conquest, who did much to make the West grasp the scale of Stalin's terror, has died at the age of 98.
I am pleased that his Telegraph obituary finds room for his brilliant rendering of Shakespeare's seven ages of man as a limerick.
Here it is without the coy asterisks:
First you get puking and mewling,
Then very pissed off with your schooling,
Then fucks and then fights,
Then judging chaps' rights,
Then sitting in slippers, then drooling.