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A grook ("gruk" in Danish) is a form of short aphoristic poem. It was invented by the Danish poet and scientist Piet Hein (he wrote over 7,000 of them, published in 20 volumes). Some say that the name is short for "GRin & sUK" ("laugh & sigh" in Danish), but Piet Hein said he felt that the word had come out of thin air. His gruks first started to appear in the daily newspaper "Politiken" shortly after the Nazi Occupation in April 1940 under the signature Kumbel Kumbell. The poems were meant as a spirit-building, yet slightly coded form of passive resistance against Nazi occupation during World War II. The grook are characterized by irony, paradox, brevity, precise use of language, sophisticated rhythms and rhymes and often satiric nature. An aphorism is a wise saying that bears repetition. ... Poetry (ancient Greek: poieo = create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... Poets are authors of poems. ... A scientist is a person who is expert in an area of science and who uses scientific methods in research. ... Piet Hein (December 16, 1905 - April 18, 1996) was a scientist, mathematician, inventor, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym Kumbel meaning tombstone. His short poems, gruks (or grooks), first started to appear in the daily newspaper Politiken shortly after the Nazi Occupation in April 1940 under... Politiken is a Danish broadsheet newspaper. ... The Schalburgerkorps, a Danish SS units, headquarters in Copenhagen, after 1943 Germanys occupation of Denmark was commenced by Operation Weserübung April 9, 1940, and lasted until the German forces were withdrawn at the end of World War II following their surrender to British and Soviet forces. ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Nazi party used a right-facing swastika as their symbol and the red and black colors were said to represent Blut und Boden (blood and soil). ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Adolf Hitler: layered visual irony? Irony is a form of speech in which the real meaning is concealed or contradicted by the words used. ... For other meanings of Paradox, see Paradox (disambiguation). ... This article is about the poetic technique. ... Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (individuals, organizations, states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ...

 EDIAMATIC Know it all cold? Or lank with acedia? Share and be bold; Come build Wikipedia. — Anon. 
 ASSY-METRY There's nothing that goads Like no-passing roads With a slowpoke in front And a hot rod in back — 'Cause you'd never speed It's just that you need To get past that grunt And away from that devil on crack. — Anon. 
 DRIVE ON Schadenfreude Grook Flare spoor, white powdery burns: Like funerals without the urns. Mark the passages of lives before eyes And the uttering of inhuman cries. Still we're always glad to see'um, Cause it means we didn't be'em. — Anon. 
 THE ROAD TO WISDOM? Well, it's plain and simple to express. Err and err and err again, but less and less and less. — Piet Hein. 

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The Man Who Wrote 10,000 Grooks (889 words)
Hex, a mid-life obsession that I am passing on to my children, and Grooks, brilliant little poems that I should really get my kids interested in, were all the product of one man, a Danish polymath named Piet Hein (1905-1996).
‘Grook’ is a meaningless word, pulled out of thin air; when they came to number in the 1,000s, Hein said that he should have named them more carefully.
If it happens, it won’t be for his games, science, or the Grooks; it will be for the philosophy underlying all of his work.
Grooks (244 words)
I'm sure that many of you wonder what a grook actually is. I discovered these extraordinary short poems on the internet (thanks to a fellow translator on ProZ) and wanted to share them with anybody who happened by my page.
A Grook is a short aphoristic poem accompanied by an appropriate drawing, revealing in a minimum of words and with a minimum of lines some basic truth about the human condition.
Grooks were created originally during the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
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