“Paradise Lost” and the Flintstones

Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree…

The prosody of the opening of Milton’s Paradise Lost is notoriously complex, what with all those consecutive stressed syllables fired at you. However, it has been brought to my attention that if we were to drop that short opening word (“of”), or if we were to treat that word as a short up-beat, then the rest of it fits perfectly with the tune and the rhythm of the Flintstones’ theme song:

Flintstones, meet the Flintstones,
They’re a modern stone-age family…

It really works. Try it!

(Of) MAN’S first
DIS-o-BE-dience
And the fruit-of-that for-BID-DEN TREE…

Just thought I’d draw it to your attention…

 

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8 responses to this post.

  1. One of the Universes great co – incidences that makes me think that there might be a grand design after all.

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  2. Ah, but do you think the Flintstones theme song is something unattempted yet in prose or rhyme?

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  3. Have you tried syncing it up to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to see what happens?

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  4. Posted by Shonti Mukherjee on January 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This blog is … vast, capricious and ever-evolving on a scale that that none could ever have foreseen.

    Reply

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