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"Rollo had an intellect..." | 13-Jan-05

"When he was young his parents saw
His parents saw by the millions see
That Rollo had an intellect
Quite unequalled in brilliancy..."

Who wrote this poem and is this the complete poem?

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The poem - as I remember snatches of it from the 1950's (?) went - in part:

This has been (imperfectly) running around my head for many years - the source, as I recall was a fourth or fifth grade book of "nonsense poems". I'd dearly love to get the correct words and author!

When he was young his parents saw - as parents by the millions see - that Rollo had an intellect of quite unequalled brilliancy.

They started in his training from the hour of his nativity and carefully they cultivated every bright proclivity.

At six (?) he mastered Latin as the Latins mastered Hannibal

At nine he ate up authors like a literary cannibal and ......

At ten (?) he learned astronomy and differential calculus and at eleven could dissect the tiniest animalculus.

At ?? he started in on authors the literary and didatical and at ??.....

The man, its hard on humour, for it breaks the well know laws of it, was happier for his learning and a great success because of it.
Alan Grant

music he learned the old and sweet
the up to date and hideous
he painted like de vinci (?)and he modeled like a phidias
at twelve he studied authors the literary and
with lessons theoretical and exercises practical

the man, its hard on humour, etc etc
david balk

Thanks for helping with some of the lines.
I cannot remember the name of the author.
I I learned it in the forties. maybe with more comments we can piece together the whole poem, learn the correct title and the name of the author.
I thought the last line was:
The truth, it's hard on humour, for it breaks the well known laws of it, he was happier for his learning and a great success because of it.
Edward Kingstone

"How he turned out" by Edwin Meade Robinson

A visitor to Lost Quotes has identified this poem as being "How He Turned Out" by Edward Meade Robinson. Neither the Poetry Library nor the British Library hold books by this poet, who I assume is American, but the Library of Congress in Washington does.
Poetry Library

Some of the missing verse as I recall (I was 13 when I memorized this poem) Anonymous

When he was young his parents saw
As parents by the million see
That Rollo...

Missing verse in here

In language he was polyglot
In rhetoric Johnsonian
In eloquence Websterian
And in diction, Ceceranian

Alas, with an education that would have set any head agog
His education far outshone his most proficient pedagogue
This man, it's hard on humour
For it breaks the very laws of it
Was happier for his learning and a great success because of it
Douglas Tardif

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