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Robert Service

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missing something?
Added by: Ania
Am I missing something? I've never read this poem before- are the spelling mistakes meant to be there (ie. things=thinks?) and the lack of rhyme (ie: beau=bean)? How about the fact that the diaphragm has nothing to do with the digestive system, over-eating or obesity? Am I lacking some background info on the author/poem or is there nothing there in the first place?
Added by: Mary Ann
You must think of the difference in time periods. Before 1900 to be corpulent (obese) meant you were a survior. In case of illness, you could survive the 21 day influenza. A fat baby had a better survival chance than a thin one. Of course, it also meant the child or adult was better fed in times when food was quite costly and at other times, when it was scarce. This was before canned foods in a market. Before transportation moved cabbages and potatoes FROM where there was a surplus to where there was a NEED.
Added by: Lisa G.
Maybe that's true, but this poem is about the author not wanting to gain weight. His food supply is abundant enough for him to become fat if he eats enough of it, and he apparently does enjoy eating. At the end he finally decides, "Oh, well, there are a lot of dignified and respectable fat men out there, so I'll just be one of them. I don't care anymore." (Meanwhile, the women are starving themselves and stuffing themselves into corsets.)

There do seem to be a few typos in this, which are probably simply the fault of a careless typist. And I would be surprised if this Robert Service guy had been educated much on the human anatomy, since that wasn't his field. I thought that he meant that he believed his diaphragm would get larger and stick out, but he didn't care anymore cuz he loved that bacon.

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