Lucy Vickery

Spectator competition winners: ‘And did those tweets…’

The latest challenge was to compose an updated version of ‘Jerusalem’ starting with the words ‘And did those tweets…’ One of my favourite parodies of Blake’s poem is by Allan M. Laing. In it he describes the wartime blackouts:

Bring me my torch of waning power! Bring me my phosphor button bright! Bring me my stick — O dreadful hour! That brings the darkness of the night!

Laing was a colossus of literary competitions, who, V.S.

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