did not like humour.
He thought it beyond infra dig,
hateful. Maybe in his early life
the only humour he encountered
was 'dirty jokes' - which indeed
are utterly hateful.
And so the sadly sententious von Gœthe
missed out on irony, and the ridiculous...
...which is also missing from the Grimm brothers'
Märchen or 'fairy tales',
many of which date from the Thirty Years' War,
when famine was so universal that wolves
actually did raid villages for what they could find -
food-scraps, shit or abandoned babies.