Who is the author of this contradictory poem starting "The night was dark and stormy"?
Does anyone know the name of or the author of the poem below? My grandfather used to say it all of the time and I would like to read it at his funeral. It's very silly and goes something like this:
>The night was dark and stormy,
The sun was shining bright,
The victims lips were tightly sealed,
She screamed with all her might,
Oh kill me friend but spare my life,
The villain shot her dead,
A gay young girl skipped down the aisle,
Grey hairs on her bald head,
She recognized the dying girl,
"Oh who is this?", cried she,
The headless corpse raised up its head and said, "It's only me."
The line, “It was a dark and stormy night” was originally written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the novel Paul Clifford in 1830. The line is actually part of a sentence that has become the start of silly poems and even book titles making fun of the poem written in that novel. It became the topic of a writing contest in the 1980s and creative poets have been writing in this style since. Even Peanuts 'wrote' a book with that title! All of the poems starting with the line “It was a dark and stormy night” are usually verbose, using flowery language, and utilizing antonyms in a ridiculous manner. The author of your particular poem could have been anyone who has contributed to this creative fun.