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The Debate

Rating: 5.0
The Republican and the Democrat
Side by side on the rostrum sat.
'Twas half past six, two thousand eight
And time for another big debate.
The elephant and the mule on hand
Appeared to surely understand
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I wasn't there; I only state
What they told me of the big debate.)
The Democrat said the country was
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Monday, October 3, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: parody,political humor
This poem is a parody of Eugene Field's poem, 'The Duel.'
Jungle Cat 29 April 2021
This debate... was simply great!
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Chinedu Dike 01 December 2020
Well conceived and nicely penned with clarity of thought and mind.
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Tom Billsborough 14 June 2017
Not like an elephant to forget! Reminds me of those Televised debates over this side of the pond. We've just endured an Election! It's a brilliant piece of parody. I think you'll soon acquire a big fan club, Grace.
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Grace Jessen 15 June 2017
Thank you, Tom, for your kind comments.
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Weslee Sampel 28 February 2017
politics, politics, politics. this is so true.2 thumbs up.
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Wes Vogler 03 November 2016
Beautifully written. I am curious as to the form in which every seventh line does not rhyme with anything. Is there a formal name for format? More More More welcome to poemhunter
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Grace Jessen 27 November 2016
I don't know if this form has a name. I was writing a parody of a famous poem for a contest, so I just followed the form that Eugene Field used. Thanks!
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Grace Jessen 02 May 2017
The seventh line rhymes with lines one and two. This is the format that Eugene Field used for his poem, The Duel, so I just followed his form. I don't know if there is a name for the form. Thanks for your comment.
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Spock The Vegan 11 October 2016
It's not the person that matters. It's the principles of the party they stand for. It's about the policies that will be put in place. It's about having a Supreme Court that will uphold the Constitution. It's about saving lives, not being politically correct. It's about bringing back jobs to the inner cities and all. It's about voting against the worst choice.
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Grace Jessen 12 October 2016
Well said!
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Kim Barney 11 October 2016
I have not watched the debate yet, but I have it recorded and plan to watch it later. Right now I don't see how I can vote for either the elephant or the donkey. Neither the Trump nor the Frump!
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Grace Jessen 03 October 2016
Poem Hunter did not preserve the indentations I used in this poem to match the form in which Eugene Field wrote, The Duel. Obviously, the poem was written in 2008 about the USA presidential debate that year. As we are in another election and debate period, i thought some might enjoy a humorous look at a past one.
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