[Ads-l] bawdy = 'rowdily humorous; slapstick'

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 21 18:55:59 UTC 2021

FWIW, the Wikipedia article is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Anacreontic_Song <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Anacreontic_Song>. While frequently not followed, original research is prohibited on Wikipedia as it is a tertiary-sourced encyclopedia. 

The comment about the song being bawdy is not sourced, so that is original research, but I think "To Anacreon in Heav’n” is clearly bawdy even if judged by today’s standards. 

"And, besides I'll instruct you, like me, to intwine
"The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine.”

The LA Times says that the song is a paean to drinking and sex (https://tinyurl.com/y4nv6xbp <https://tinyurl.com/y4nv6xbp>).

Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
Formerly of Seattle, WA

On 21 Jan 2021, at 04:54, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Wikipedia considers the turgid English song, "To Anacreon in Heav'n"
> (ca.1770), to be "bawdy":
> "The song, through its bawdy lyrics, gained popularity in London and
> elsewhere beyond the Anacreontic Society."
> The lyrics irreverently and humorously imagine the enthusiasm of the gods
> to desert Olympus and join the harmonious singers of the Anacreontic
> Society, against the wishes of Zeus.
> (N.b., a Brit at Quora.com assured followers that the U.S. national anthem
> was based on a "pornographic song," but nothing could be less pornographic
> than a bunch of drunks trying to sing these lyrics to the same melody as
> the "Star-Spangled Banner.")
> JL

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