A drunken argument been two teachers (one current, one former) about the merits of poetry versus prose turned deadly in the town of Irbit, in the Sverlovsk region of Russia.
The police allege that the inebriated educators fell into a bitter disagreement about whether literature or poetry should be considered prose: the host was in favor of traditional literature, while the guest favored poetry.
The federal police issued the following statement:
The host insisted that real literature is prose, while his guest, a former teacher, argued for poetry.
The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the basis of which the 53-year-old admirer of poetry killed his opponent with the help of a knife.
The poetry fan fled the scene but was arrested in a nearby village and charged with murder after a brief stint on the lam – poetic justice, some would argue, both for the murder and for his ludicrous argument.