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Here's some clever long anagrams of the famous "to be or not to be" monologue from Shakespeare's Hamlet. And an amusing anagram of Neil Armstrong's moon landing quote.

Also on this page: Anagram Poetry, and at the bottom of the page, one-word anagrams (synanagrams).

Long Anagrams

To be or not to be: that is the question; whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune...In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.1
To be or not to be: that is the question; whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them?1. Is a befitting quote from one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. But why won't Hamlet's inspiring motto toss our stubborn hero's tortuous battle for life, on one hand, and death, on another?2
2. I wrote all of Shakespeare's plays, and the wife and I got together, did most of his sonnets for our entertainment. But tormentors oft attribute that our brash quotes as being bogus. O! no! no! no!3
'That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.' Neil ArmstrongA thin man ran... makes a large stride... left planet... pins flag on moon... on to Mars!4

Anagram Poems

The poem below, in blue, was written by Shel Silverstein. Below it, in red, is an anagram of the poem created by Meyran Kraus. It scans and rhymes well, paraphrasing the original remarkably closely. Such anagrams take a lot of time and patience to produce.

The Little Boy and the Old Man
Shel Silverstein

Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the old man, "I do that too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
"I do that too," laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, "I often cry."
The old man nodded, "So do I."
"But worst of all," said the boy, "it seems
Grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
"I know what you mean," said the little old man.

And here is the anagram poem:

The Tot and the Elder
Olin Foblioso & Billy Foblioso

The tiny tot went: "When I eat I mess up."
The elder replied: "O, that makes two of us."
"I soil myself," went the tot with shame
And the elder added: "O, I do the same."
On the tot told him: "I sob a lot."
"O, not only you," answered gramps to the tot.
"And what's totally bad," the tiny tot told,
"I think mom and dad don't love me at all."
While grandpa simply, pitiably smiled,
then said: "O, I understand, my child."

One Word Anagrams

And from the long to the short. Here are some words that are anagrams of other words (sometimes called synanagrams):


More anagrams here:

  1. by Cory Calhoun.
  2. by Larry Brash.
  3. by Larry Brash.
  4. by Steve Krakowski.
  5. by Morton L. Mitchell, of Missouri, 1928.
  6. by James J. Bradley, of New York, 1902.
  7. by William A. Moore, Jr, of Illinois, 1899.

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