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Margaret Thatcher was
Britain's Prime Minister,
Called 'Iron Lady' and
Very well known.

One wag delivered this
Paraprosdokian:
"Iron, indeed, but
Her heart is pure stone".

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Victor Emmanuel,
First king of Italy,
Waved to the crowd and
Declared with due weight:

"Had it not been for your
Counterimperial
Fight, we would not have a
Unified state".

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Andrew Lloyd Webber has
Mastered the method of
Writing hit musicals
Time after time.

Some critics scorn his tunes'
Accessibility;
Bernstein and Sondheim are
Deemed more sublime.

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Johann Sebastian
Bach was a genius,
Famous for fugues and
Cantatas galore.

Sometimes he verges on
Polytonality;
Look on the Web if you
Want to learn more.

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Richard the Lionheart
Reigned for ten years without
Spending much time in the
England he ruled.

Politics, rather than
Spirituality,
Drove his crusading, though
Many were fooled.

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Here's to El Cid, the
Illustrious warrior,
Known to his troops as the
Campeador.

Later commanders, like
Zumalacárregui,
Couldn't compare with that
Hero of yore.

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Today's A Word A Day was QUIXOTRY

Don't overlook him:
Miguel de Cervantes, who
wrote Don Quixote in
1605

The Man of La Mancha fought
Phantasmagorical
Beasties and Windmills he
Made come alive.

(Note: A quick Google search reveals that Don Quixote's "real" name is Alonso Quijano, a 16th-century Spanish hidalgo. Those fit the rhythm, too.)

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Ludwig van Beethoven's
B flat sonata was
Published as Opus one-
hundred-and-six.

Some players found the piece
Incomprehensible,
Due to its length and its
Structural tricks.

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Wowed the Victorians
Due to his powerful
Rhythm and rhyme.

Though his best verses have
Memorability,
Some of his oeuvre is
Not so sublime.

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