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The Cruellest Month


The Cruellest Month

“April is the cruellest month” wrote a pantywaist third-rate poet who was as clearly and stridently wrong as only a poet can be. There is no cruelty in April to compare, for instance, with the gray, icy expanse of early February. And what cruelty can compare to the red, unblinking eye of mid-July, which withers all things before it? It's true that April might seem to some a waste land of taunting promises, the green-shoot hints of possibilities that will never be realized, but when it comes to all things rude and cruel, the literary calendar has openings all year 'round. Your knowledge is here cruelly tested; and as always, the extra-curricular opinions in the quiz are only those of the quizmaster.
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  • PeterK10 says:

    You must be upset with Geoffrey Chaucer, too, since Eliot intentionally cribbed “April is the cruellest month” from the Canterbury Tales (and slightly updated the language from Middle to Modern English).

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