Washington Crossing the DelawareLanguage brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.
Below is a sonnet called "Washington Crossing the Delaware", written by David Shulman in 1936. Besides being an epic retelling of an epic historical happening, what is so amazing about this poem?
Washington Crossing the Delaware
A hard, howling, tossing water scene.
Strong tide was washing hero clean.
"How cold!" Weather stings as in anger.
O Silent night shows war ace danger!
The cold waters swashing on in rage.
Redcoats warn slow his hint engage.
When star general's action wish'd "Go!"
He saw his ragged continentals row.
Ah, he stands - sailor crew went going.
And so this general watches rowing.
He hastens - winter again grows cold.
A wet crew gain Hessian stronghold.
George can't lose war with's hands in;
He's astern - so go alight, crew, and win!
-- David Shulman
AnswerEvery single line in the poem is an anagram of the title, "Washington Crossing the Delaware"! Now isn't that something!
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