My favorite on-line dictionary is the OEDILF, the "omnificent
English dictionary in limerick form". Every entry is a limerick
using the word and often actually defining it.
This morning I ran across:
My favourite composer is Byrd,
Which some may find faintly absurd
In this day and age
When hip-hop's the rage,
But it's Byrd-song I've always preferred.
The odd discord can sometimes be heard
In the music of William Byrd.
The question, it seems:
'Was that clash in my dreams,
Or was William true to his word?'
The second limerick has the postscript:
"William Byrd (15391623) was one of the foremost Renaissance
composers. While expertly using the rules of harmony and
counterpoint, he also added surprising and stunningly
beautiful 'clashes' to his compositions. These would often be in the
form of two adjacent notes momentarily coinciding in two vocal or
instrumental parts. While each note would be technically correct in
the context of its own line, the two together would form that
delicious 'clash': in music harmony this is called a false relation.
So, in his music he stuck to his word, writing unexpected harmonies,
but in a correct way, that a lesser composer would have balked at.
"Byrd also stuck to his own 'truth' and principles in his personal
life. Despite living under a Protestant monarch (Elizabeth I), he
upheld his Catholic beliefs at a time when it was life-threatening
to do so, and additionally managed to flourish under Elizabeth's
www.oedilf.com -- because you haven't wasted enough time today.