Poor Jobs is Dead
I started working on this the day after the death of Steve Jobs was announced. A verse came to me immediately. A few days later, I started to add verses. I wasn't satisfied with some of them, so I paused a few days and then went back to work.
I'm not the first to observe that Jobs seemed to live on a tightrope between chutzpah and hubris. I've portrayed him as a tragic hero (as in Greek drama) whose tragic flaw is also his heroic virtue, the virtue being uncontrolled and misapplied.
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Poor Jobs is dead, poor Steve Jobs is dead.
Poor Jobs is dead, no laurels wreath his head ;
Poor Steve is dead, his parents were unwed :
Poor Steve has died and demi-diefied,
Poor Jobs is dead, at Apple most revered,
Poor Jobs is dead, his hubris ruled his head :
Poor Jobs is dead, his bio he'd not read.
Poor Jobs is dead, his mortality is shed,
Much of the factual information on which some verses are based is taken from "Insanely Great" by Steven Levy and from the Wikipedia article on Steve Jobs, plus the 60 Minutes interview with his biographer , Walter Isaacson.
The heroic and mock heroic imagry from Greek tragedy is my own concept. Job's heroic virtue was his unshakable belief in his own vision and opinion ; his tragic flaw was likewise his unshakable belief in his own opinion.
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|created 10/11/2011||revised 11/28/2013|
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