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    zahari is offline Junior Member
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    Angry problem with a poem...

    hello everybody!!!

    I hope you had a nice summer!!

    I wonder if you could help me with a line from a poem about the circus.
    Here is the whole stanza:

    The ringmaster stutters. The comedian mutters.
    And the strong-man splutters in despair.
    The midget's five foot five; I'm surprised he's still alive
    Because the knife-thrower's knives go everywhere!

    1. Who is the "strong-man"? and
    2. "The midget's five foot five." I can't get the meaning or even the syntax of this line!!!


    Thank u in advance!!!

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    Default Re: problem with a poem...

    The strong man was a side-show attraction who performed feats of great strength. The side shows typically featured human oddities such as the bearded lady or the dog-faced boy. An extremely short person ( a midget) would usually be part of the show. 5 feet 5 inches (about 165cm) is the height of a somewhat shorter than average person. Much too tall to be considered a midget.

    The sentence is:

    The midget is five feet five inches tall.

    This poem is about what a poor-quality circus this is.

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    zahari is offline Junior Member
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    Wink Re: problem with a poem...

    Thank you very much Mykwyner.

    You are right about the content of the poem! I didn't mention it before because I thought it was quite obvious. I imagined that the midget is rather tall from the context but the structure was difficult to understand...

    Thanks a lot!!!

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