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Paper Monitor

11:07 UK time, Thursday, 10 April 2008

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

mosleyhighcourt.gifInspired by the Quote of the Day, Paper Monitor is on a mission - to find poetry in today's papers.

And, this being the 21st Century, Paper Monitor reserves the right to use punctuation,
and spacing to
make the rhyme
(and may
if need be have no
rhyme at

First stop, the Daily Telegraph with its story of a girl and a snowman. And like Raymond Briggs' much-loved tale of the lonely boy who fashions a friend out of snow and a vivid imagination, it ends in tears.

"The snowman
and snowdog took
pride of place outside
a corner store until
a gang of girls
Dakota Blue Richards
demolished them."

The Times has the tale of a pensioner who travelled from Land's End to John O'Groats by local bus.

but one
bus driver let him collect
donations from other

And looking for an article to match Mr Justice Eady's effort at a haiku, Paper Monitor turns to the Sun (short sentences, pithy observations - perfect for the form).

"Judges must show con-
victed thugs by handing out
stiff sentences which mean business."

Not quite 5-7-5.

"£5bn hubby and wife
held, heir to Tetra Pak nicked
with crak (and smak)"

Harder than it looks, this poetry lark.

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