The dirtiest poem in the English language

Fashionable-Contrasts

Was this dirtiest poem ever (its sentiments expertly depicted above) written a short while ago, you may ask? Only if you consider 1755 to be recent.

Indeed, the poem by Thomas Potter, the “debauched son of the Archbishop of Canterbury” was first published by John Wilkes, the father of press freedom and civil liberties. To the extent we still have any after the Obama administration, NSA, FBI, CIA, Google, Facebook, Russian and Chinese hackers, etc. finish with us.

The poem, which certainly is tame by 21st century standards, nevertheless will show you that, among other things, the F-word isn’t of recent vintage either. Although ours may be the first culture in the history of the language to have rendered it commonplace in public discourse.

Via The John Wilkes Club

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