June 22, 2003

My Name is Andrew and I'm Here to Say

Andrew Motion, Britain's Poet Laureate, embarrasses himself, the birthday boy, and everybody else in the room with this "rap" to mark the occasion of Prince William's 21st birthday.

Hey, neat! A rap! I'm down, homeboy:

Better stand back
Here's an age attack,
But the second in line
Is dealing with it fine.

It's a threshold, a gateway,
A landmark birthday;
It's a turning of the page,
A coming of age.

It's a day to celebrate,
A destiny, a fate;
It's a taking to the wing,
A future thing...

The second in line is dealing with it fine?

Andrew, we need to talk.

(via au currant.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at June 22, 2003 01:13 AM | TrackBack

Can you say: P A H - T H E H -T I C !!

Posted by: MommaBear at June 22, 2003 01:57 AM

uh-oh, already a copyright infringement of Dr. Frank's Arcade...

Posted by: spacetoast at June 22, 2003 02:32 AM

Andrew Motion has been cringeworthy and horrible since he took over as Poet Laureate. (Well, he was before that, too, but now it's more visible.) He's an embarrassment to this country.

(BTW, the title of this post reminded me of an old commercial from when I was a kid: "My name's Barney Rubble and I'm here to say/I love Fruity Pebbles in a major way!")

Posted by: Jackie D at June 22, 2003 04:06 AM

This...we need new synonyms for stupid to describe this.
Jackie, that's the best comparison for this crap- barney rubble's ode to fruity pebbles. At least Barney didn't receive a title and public support.

I wonder what Motion was thinking?
1: "Shit, rap's easy as hell. I'll do one to show that anyone can do it."
2: "Perhaps by adopting the style and meter of popular music, I can turn more kids on to the joys of poetry!"
3: "My, that 'Bulworth' film certainly was top drawer."

Posted by: Marc at June 22, 2003 06:43 AM

4) "There's that 'rap' the young people seem to like so much. The Prince is a young person, he must like it. I will prove myself relevant by writing a rap poem."

While I certainly love to taunt the Brits, this may be one of those times when people of sensibility must turn their heads from their neighbors' shame.

(Honestly, though, for a people so terrified of embarrassment, they certainly have chosen a strange poet laureate.)

Posted by: Angie Schultz at June 22, 2003 07:07 PM

Hey, I think it's "cool" that he he tried to reach out to the "kids" in their own "far-out" lingo. I bet they think it's "bad"!

Posted by: dude at June 24, 2003 05:05 AM

The Prince & The Poet

Said Charles to Andy,
"Write me an ode,
Make it a dandy"
And off he rode

To fetch his bride
And true devotion,
Camilla the Wide
When Mr. Motion,

Heeding the call,
Took pen in hand
And said, "All in all,
Isn't life grand?

"I get to compose
A royal rhyme
In spite of those
Who say that I'm

"A royal hack,
But here's the thing --
I'll be back
When Chuck makes King."

Posted by: Bruce Rogowski at April 9, 2005 08:02 PM
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