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Fish’s Night Song

By Daisy Fried

Here’s Christian Morgenstern’s (1871-1914) “Fisches Nachtgesang,” or, “Fish’s Night Song.”
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It’s one more example of American parochialism that nowhere in Bartlett’s Quotations is a line of this poem reproduced.

Comments (4)

  • On March 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm Don Share wrote:

    Hm. Well, fans of the fish above might like to know about “Fisches Nachtgesang – an art-music band from Finland. We write our own material based on the lyrics of the nonsense-poet Christian Morgenstern.”
    Check out their video!

  • On March 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm Gary B. Fitzgerald wrote:

    “Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.”
    - Steven Wright

  • On March 24, 2009 at 6:37 pm nico vassilakis wrote:

    one of my favorite concrete poems

  • On March 25, 2009 at 7:48 am Annie FInch wrote:

    looks to me like lines of spondees alternating with lines of pyrrhics—I just peformed it using the schwa sound and it sounds really cool.


Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 by Daisy Fried.