Posted by Barbara Barrett on 20th January 2014
1. To plate or cover with a coating of metal, usually silver, nickel, chromium, or gold, by means of electrolysis. The process was developed in 1805 by Italian chemist Luigi V Brugnatelli the father of modern electrochemistry. In 1839, scientists in Britain and Russia independently developed metal deposition processes similar to Brugnatelli’s for the copper electroplating of printing press plates.
[origin: 1851; electro plus plate]
No heavens for me with their streets of gold
and harps electro-plated,
With their pearly gates all carved and scrolled
and their angels glory-sated.
For Eternity is a weary time
and manna’s a weary ration.
And when I have scribbled my last sad rime
and have died of slow starvation
They will pry me loose from the standard keys
and the last unfinished story,
And my ghost—distinctly smelling of cheese—
will mount to real shores of glory,
Where magazine souls race to and fro
like sheep without a herder,
And there’ll be critics to lay low
and editors to murder.
My rejection slips will all be there
with all their forms and genders;
Of them will I build a gibbet rare,
and hang thereon the senders.
I’ll slaughter the shades of the magazines
with never a man to censure;
I’ll chase the ghost of the Saturday Post
and torture the wild Adventure.
I’ll finish Liberty, Vanity Fair,
in a manner rude and gory;
I’ll plunge my fists clear up to the wrists
in the blood of Detective Story.
I’ll batter True Story fore and aft
and stab it with forty lances;
I’ll put Wild West to a fiery test
and I’ll massacre True Romances.
One man of all the gang I’ll spare
(and the rest I’ll carve to salad):
Whatever noble man may dare
to publish this soulful ballad.
[from “Another Hymn of Hate”; this is the complete poem as it appears in The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 336; A Rhyme of Salem Town, p. 17 and Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 114]