In an attempt to stay on the dry Keats and Chapman had spent the evening writing traditional verse into which they sought to incorporate the names of Japanese poetic forms. They read aloud their compositions, but found them disappointing and as a result the two friends were becoming irritable. Their self-enforced sobriety wasn't helping.
It was late when Keats put down his pen, cleared his throat and intoned,
'From a lofty bough
The dove bested the poet
With its own haiku'
Chapman frowned and said, 'Not bad, but the humour's a little heavy-handed'
'Unlike your use of 'tanka' in a limerick?', enquired Keats as they simultaneously reached for the Bushmills.