2020 hasn’t been the best for memes so far, probably because of how bad everything else is. This “the poem/the poet” meme is pretty good, though. At the very least, it’s a pleasant ride through some notable moments in pop culture.
The side-by-side image format — a longtime favorite of people with sizable screenshot folders — has been particularly popular for the past few weeks. In this meme’s case, it started earnestly, with writers sharing their work alongside their headshots.
That was nice, but this is online, so the sincerity was quickly usurped by people posting iconic quotes (“poems”) from pop culture figures (“poets”) like Claire Saffitz, Finn from Star Wars, and our number one boy Kendall Roy.
After all, what is Succession‘s “L to the OG” if not the “Song of Myself” of our time?