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3 April 2015

Washington Crossing to Delaware - An Annagrammatic Poem

Washing Crossing to Delaware
Writing poetry is hard enough, sonnets are even more difficult but to try and write a sonet where every line is an anagram of the title would seem an impossible task. But that's exactly what David Shulman set about doing in 1936. Shulman, an American lexicographer and cryptographer, succeeded in completing a twelve-line rhyming poem with all twelve lines being an anagram of its title. The sonet, and it's tittle, were inspired and taken from the magical 'Washington Crossing the Delaware' painting (see photo)  by Emanuel Gottieb Luetze. It's an amazing accomplishment, a wonderful intriguing poem and both sonet and painting perfectly commemorates General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on those cold nights in December 25th—26th, 1776.

Washington Crossing to Delaware
A hard, howling, tossing water scene.
Strong tide was washing hero clean.
"How cold!" Weather stings as in anger.
O Silent night shows war ace danger!
The cold waters swashing on in rage.
Redcoats warn slow his hint engage.
When star general's action wish'd "Go!"
He saw his ragged continentals row.
Ah, he stands – sailor crew went going.
And so this general watches rowing.
He hastens – winter again grows cold.
A wet crew gain Hessian stronghold.
George can't lose war with's hands in;
He's astern – so go alight, crew, and win!
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