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SINCERE FLATTERY OF W.W. (AMERICANUS), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The clear cool note of the cuckoo which has ousted the legitimate
Last Line: The apparently inexhaustible pianoforte player.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stephen, J. K.
Variant Title(s): Imitation Of Walt Whitman
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


THE clear cool note of the cuckoo which has ousted the
legitimate nest-holder.
The whistle of the railway guard dispatching the train to
the inevitable collision,
The maiden's monosyllabic reply to a polysyllabic proposal,
The fundamental note of the last trump, which is presumably D natural:
All of these are sounds to rejoice in, yea to let your very
ribs re-echo with:
But better than all of them is the absolutely last chord of
the apparently inexhaustible pianoforte player.






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