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Gnomish Quotes

Gnomish Quotes

They may call it a home page, but it’s more like the gnome in somebody’s front yard than the home itself. – Tim Berners-Lee (British Physicist, on the World Wide Web.)

a little poetry

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Drab Habitation of Whom?
Tabernacle or Tomb—
Or Dome of Worm—
Or Porch of Gnome—
Or some Elf’s Catacomb?
Emily Dickinson

And then there’s this: Gnomic Poetry which is something else altogether.

Gnomes appear frequently in Old English epic and lyric poetry. In Beowulf they are often interjected into the narrative, drawing a moral from the hero’s actions with such phrases as “Thus a man ought to act.” The main collections of Old English gnomes are to be found in the Exeter Book and the 11th-century Cotton Psalter.

Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man (1733–34) offers a more modern example of the use of couplets of distilled wisdom interspersed through a long poem.