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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Return of the Toad
















The Surinamese English Studies Toad.

Possessed of an unshakeable belief that all works of English Literature are in fact about toads. Works including:

Kerouac, On the Toad
Shelley, Toad to the West Wind
Hardy, Far from the Madding Toad
Thomas, Under Milk Toad

Crow, by Toad Hughes
Roland Barthes, Discours de la Toad (he also reads French, somewhat haltingly)
Chaucer, The Canterbury Toads (getting desperate now) –
and {snip}

Not to be confused with the Paraguayan English Studies toad. The best he can do is some rinky-dink book claiming the semi-colon is a big Masonic plot. Tosser.

Now add your own toad-themed titles. Batrachianism is such a rewarding pastime.

Image found here.

15 comments:

Mark Granier said...

Toadshead Revisited... Waugh
Toad A Definition Of Culture... TS Eliot
Ribbit Redux... John Updike
A Toad In My Prime & Greetings From Our Toads In Brazil.... Paul Durcan
Toads Etc. Alice Oswald
Kerry Hardie... Cry For The Hot Toady
The Toady's Notebook & Natterjack by Ron Silliman
Misery Bog ... David Wheatley

puthwuth said...

Mark Granier... The Sky Toad.

Well you started it.

'TS Eliot'

Mark Granier said...

...and let's not forget my first one, Waterborne.

puthwuth said...

Beckett... Crapaud's Last Toad.

puthwuth said...

Evelyn Waugh... Vile Toadies.

Mark Granier said...

Frost... The Toad Less Traveled
Dickens... A Toad Of Two Cities
Ashbery... Some Toads
Mahon... A Disused Toad In Co Wexford
Pound... The Cantoads
Billy Collins... Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Toads
Toadstoy... Wart And Peace

puthwuth said...

Proust... In Remembrance of Toads Past
Achebe... Toads Fall Apart

puthwuth said...

Not to mention that Burt Bacharach song, Wart the World Needs Now.

puthwuth said...

Djuna Barnes... Newtspawn. Toadally unreadable though, with a title like that.

Mark Granier said...

Immanuel Velikovsky... Toads In Collision
The Bible: The Toad Testament

Mark Granier said...

forgot the Bible's Newt Testament.

puthwuth said...

And then there's always their favourite sitcom, Father Toad.

Ron said...

Don't forget The Da Vinci Toad, guys. And Ian McEwan's roadkill thriller, Sad Toad Day.

But, really, it's ridiculous to carry on as though all of Eng Lit were about toads. There's Larkin's Stoats Revisited for starters.

puthwuth said...

I'll need to see some stoatistics on that before I could comment.

Mark Granier said...

Absolutely Ron, but you're forgetting the last lines of that poem:

"Give me your hand old stoat,
Help me with my toadskin coat."

And the title of his fianl (and finest) collection: High-Win-Toads.