Both English Lit and English Lang
Combine to counter modern slang
They’ve worked together since the days
Some learned chap made up the phrase.
And though we use them separately
They act in perfect harmony
Which leaves most students in no doubt
Whose language has the greatest clout.
One look around the competition
Proves the power of our position
French is silky smooth and sweet
But clearly struggles to compete.
The Spanish word though widely spoken
Finds its’ influence is broken
Others are in sharp decline
Which suits we English speakers fine.
The mesmerising chat in Rome
Falls flat compared with that at home
For English Lang and English Lit
Still make the most terrific fit.
But while the West is in its debt
From yonder comes an earnest threat
For with the Chinese on the rise
Will this at last spell its demise?