[Milton-L] Milton Society Twitter Feed

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Thu Jan 31 16:48:04 EST 2013


I doubt that I can ever please
With poems as short as Twitterese.

Jeffery Hodges

On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:39 AM, David Ainsworth <dainsworth at as.ua.edu>wrote:

> Hi, all,
>
> As Milton Society Communications Director, I'm here to announce that our
> Twitter account (@MiltonSociety) will begin activity on February 4th with
> our (and my) first tweet.  At the moment, I expect to limit activity to
> CFPs and other news and to "Milton Monday," a short quotation from Milton
> to start off each week.  Your feedback and following may dictate changes
> from there.
>
> https://twitter.com/**MiltonSociety <https://twitter.com/MiltonSociety>
>
> While you're waiting for the first tweet, here's a poetic pastiche to tide
> you over:
>
> ON THE NEW READERS OF TWITTER UNDER THE MILTON SOCIETY
>
> Because you have thrown off your Luddite ways,
>    And with stiff Vows embrac’d the Internet
>    To Tweet, email, wall post and I forget
> The other terms (to list ‘em would take days),
> Dare I for this adjure the Civil Word
>    To force abbreviations (OMG!)
>    And conform to mere One hundred Forty
>    Required by /Dorsey/ and that small /Bird/?
> Scholars whose Learning, Life and pure intent
>    Would have been held in high esteem with Paul
>    Must now be nam’d @MiltonHeresy
> By shallow Tumblr and Face’ what d’ye call:
>    But we hope @MiltonSociety
>    You’ll follow and find worthy of your meed;
>                 This brand-new Twitter feed
> May entertain and update you for years,
> Clip URLs, though balk at “Me, too” Cheers,
>                         And succor my just Fears
> That you shall think, when I take up this charge:
> “/New Twitterer/ is but /Old Twit/ writ Large.”
>
> David
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