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05/24/07

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Ode on the Mammoth Cheese By James McIntyre

A classic in Canadian poetry. Ode on the Mammoth Cheese.

"We have seen the Queen of cheese,
Laying quietly at your ease,
Gently fanned by evening breeze --
Thy fair form no flies dare seize.

All gaily dressed soon you'll go
To the great Provincial Show,
To be admired by many a beau
In the city of Toronto.

Cows numerous as a swarm of bees --
Or as the leaves upon the trees --
It did require to make thee please,
And stand unrivalled Queen of Cheese.

May you not receive a scar as
We have heard that Mr. Harris
Intends to send you off as far as
The great World's show at Paris.

Of the youth -- beware of these --
For some of them might rudely squeeze
And bite your cheek; then songs or glees
We could not sing o' Queen of Cheese.

We'rt thou suspended from baloon,
You'd cast a shade, even at noon;
Folks would think it was the moon
About to fall and crush them soon."

At once perhaps the worst, yet most famed poem in Canadian history, Ode on the Mammoth Cheese was penned by James McIntyre aka The Cheese Poet as inspired by an actual gigantic slab of cheese.

He published two volumes of poetry:

Musings on the Canadian Thames (1884);
Poems of James McIntyre (1889).

Filled with I assure you equally "cheesy" if not VERY humorous poetry. Classics every one!

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