Sunday, July 11, 2010

Brendan Behan: alcoholic, poet, legend, Irish.

When asked to define the difference between prose and poetry, Behan is reported as saying:
'There was a young fellah named Rollocks
Who worked for Ferrier Pollocks.
As he walked on the Strand
With his girl by the hand
The tide came up to his... knees.

'Now that’s prose,' he said, 'If the tide had been in, it would have been fucking poetry.'