Jail, Life, Church, God, and the Bible maybe (not sure) meant censorship

poop spread is no good
let the people shit and piss
and i live by that

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The poem, first published in today, is a famous haiku about the impacts of censorship

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Written on August 30, 2022

Submitted by LongerfellowBiggestFan on August 30, 2022

Modified on April 21, 2023

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Scheme ABC
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 70
Words 16
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 3


Longerfellow was a loving father, had a strong right jab, and 4 ex wives. He wrote many famous pieces and poetry too. more…

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Discuss the poem Jail, Life, Church, God, and the Bible maybe (not sure) meant censorship with the community...

  • JeremyARow8074d
    As a fan of some of Longerfellow's other works, this is one of those poems that is very controversial. Don't take it at face value - reread it and look into it some more. Its heavy in symbolism.
    LikeReply 21 year ago
  • glooble_p
    This poem was truly moving for me. An in credible piece of writing packed into three succinct lines. I will be thinking about this for days to come, and that is all you can ever ask for from a piece of art such as this. Incredible work by Longerfellow yet again 
    LikeReply 21 year ago
  • samuelw.06885
    As a man who has lived my life searching for meaning, I never thought I would find it in the 17 syllables of a haiku. I didn't here, but it makes you think.
    LikeReply 21 year ago
  • plankusxyz
    LikeReply 31 year ago


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