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Poem by James Clerk Maxwell


Cats Cradle Song, By A Babe In Knots


Peter the Repeater,
Platted round a platter
Slips of slivered paper,
Basting them with batter.

Flype em, slit em, twist em,
Lop-looped laps of paper;
Setting out the system
By the bones of Neper.

Clear your coil of kinkings
Into perfect plaiting,
Locking loops and linkings
Interpenetrating.

Why should a man benighted,
Beduped, befooled, besotted,
Call knotful knittings plighted,
Not knotty but beknotted?

Its monstrous, horrid, shocking,
Beyond the power of thinking,
Not to know, interlocking
Is no mere form of linking.

But little Jacky Horner
Will teach you what is proper,
So pitch him, in his corner,
Your silver and your copper. 



James Clerk Maxwell


James Clerk Maxwell's other poems:
  1. Numa Pompilius
  2. In Memory of Edward Wilson, Who Repented of what was in his Mind to Write after Section
  3. Song Of The Edinburgh Academician
  4. On St. David's Day
  5. Report On Tait's Lecture On Force


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