May 9th, 2013

There was a man appended to a nose

There was a man appended to a nose,
There was a nose the most superlative,
There was an alembic that did half live,
A swordfish with a beard as if in throes,

A sundial that always bore a scowl,
An Elephant, its head face-up a-jerk,
One hood of a nose both hangman and clerk,
Ovidius Nasus snouted with a cowl.

There was a galley’s fearful rostrum beak
A pyramid the like of Aegypt’s pride,
The full twelve tribes of noses, the whole clique;

A nosestmost unbounded, undefied,
Zanni mask, Archnose Friesian in physique,
A catastrophic chilblain blue and fried.

Francisco de Quevedo
Versión de Andrés Paniagua Curiel

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