And would you be a poet Before you've been to school? Ah, well! I hardly thought you So absolute a fool. First learn to be spasmodic— A very simple rule. For first you write a sentence, And then you chop it small; Then mix the bits, and sort them out Just as they chance to fall: The order of the phrases makes No difference at all.
Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. repr. In The Works of Lewis Carroll, Longmeadow Press (1982). "Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur" in Rhyme? And Reason? Macmillan (1883).