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Roger Woddis
Roger Woddis (c1917-July 1993) was a writer and humorous poet. One of his most famous poems is "Ethics for Everyman" in which he deals with double-morality of ethical principles. His early writing career included a good deal of involvement with Unity Theatre, London, where he contributed marterial to a number of revues. His poetry featured regularly in Radio Times and other periodicals in the 1970s. During much of the 1980s and early '90s, he had his own weekly in the humour magazine Punch: titled "Subverse", this consisted each week of a humorously subversive political poem, often dealing with recent events. His poems featured topics such as the Veitnam war, miners strikes and apartheid. He also wrote for television, including "Hammer into Anvil", an episode of The Prisoner which is generally considered the most literate episode of that highly literate series: several pieces of classical music figure in the plot; one character quotes Goethe in the original German, and another character quotes Don Quixote in the original Spanish. Much of Woddis's writing was openly sympathetic to leftist political causes, including communism. Woddis's obituary in The Times confirmed that he had been a member of Britain's communist party. Some of his peoms include: Ethics for Everyman and Down with Fanatics

down with fanatics!
 
 
If I had my way with violent men
I'd simmer them in oil,
I'd fill a pot with bitumen
... [read poem]
coda
 
 
Perhaps to love is to learn
to walk through this world.
To learn to be silent
like th... [read poem]
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