Our colleague, Ernest Old, expounds
  To first year ‘kids’ upon
Metadiegetic discourse
  In Dickens and in Donne.

He thinks he’ll make a Chair before
  He’s thirty-eight or so;
His latest work is due out soon
  On Methuen Video.

Archaic bourgeois structures must
  Dictate a bourgeois text:
That methodology once grasped,
  It’s hermeneutics next.

He’s a brand-new desk-computer
  For poems he takes to bits.
‘The author’s dead,’ you understand;
  In his place our Ernest sits.

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