THE POET BY DAY

Daily Archives: January 7, 2017

Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens) famously – or perhaps infamously – was a believer in and adept master of profanity, not as vulgarity, he said, but as release. “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” Mark Twain, a Biography Twain wrote of swearing as “ornamental” when practiced by American miners considered by him to be “gifted among the sons of man.” I admit I haven’t the gift to… Read More