“Simple Speller’s Tale, The“


“Simple Speller’s Tale, The“
   Poem (56 lines); probably written in early 1915. First published in the Conservative(April 1915). An attack on simplified spelling. Its final couplet (“Yet why on us your angry hand or wrath use?/We do but ape Professor B ———M ———!”) alludes to the American critic Brander Matthews, a vigorous proponent of simplified spelling. See also HPL’s essay “The Simple Spelling Mania” ( United Cooperative,December 1918).

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