Poet Arthur Guiterman (1871-1943) was known for his humorous verse. Here is "A Pure Mathematician" -- a poem that stereotypes mathematicians in familiar, unflattering ways (from The Laughing Muse (Harper Brothers, 1915)). In contrast to Guiterman's verse that pokes fun at mathematicians, I invite you to visit this posting from 28 January 2011 to read Sherman Stein's "Mathematician" -- a poem that not only is more fair to the profession but also features a female mathematician.
A Pure Mathematician by Arthur Guiterman
Let Poets chant of Clouds and Things
In lonely attics!
A Nobler Lot is his, who clings
Sublime he sits, no Worldly Strife
His Bosom vexes,
Reducing all the Doubts of Life
To Y's and X's.
And naught to him a Primrose on
The river's border;
Is more in order.
Let Zealots vow to do and dare
And right abuses!
He 'd rather sit at home and square
Along his straight-ruled paths he goes
Contented with em,
The only Rhythm that he knows,