Something, thou art what I desire to say
To Rochester’s On Nothing poem today,
Ere this dull piece to its subject, Nothing, decay.
Although thou dost enclose many a thing,
For thou art name to all and everything,
Yet I use thee upon this poem Upon Nothing.
Starting out it ingeniously conceived
Intriguing theories that I well received,
About how Nothing and, thou, Something interweaved.
It doth present thee in a finer kind,
For in these lines I wit and logic find,
And that this “Something” entertains the human mind.
But soon it would from this blest state divert,
To a political satire convert,
And gradually make humorous attempts pervert.
Nothing, thy foe yet to whom thou art son,
Hath been thus stigmatized by reckless John,
When he compares whores’ vows to Nothing’s neutral None.
A response to John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester's poem Upon Nothing ↩
Dum didi Dum pattern at the end - bad? ↩
word "Nothing" is not iambic here ↩
again, Dum didi Dum ↩
pervert "doesn’t work grammatically" - Prof. Turner