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1247133.  Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:15 am Reply with quote

I am extremely chuffed :-)

1247153.  Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:29 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
suze wrote:
That should be "hear", I imagine.

Gosh - never thought of that possibility. :-p

I just wondered how a writer/poet can let that one slip through.

I was so intent on the line formatting and punctuation that I forgot to check the spelling.


1247166.  Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:57 pm Reply with quote

From what I gathered, it was the poet's own typing. :-)

1247171.  Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:14 pm Reply with quote

It was, but if I was paying attention, I would've noticed and corrected it in the quote.

1247173.  Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:19 pm Reply with quote

Perfect people tend to piss others off. ;-p

1251428.  Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:12 pm Reply with quote

Happy National Poetry Day.



Spud McLaren
1282151.  Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:12 am Reply with quote

Bread And Music

Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so beautiful is dead.

Your hands once touched this table and this silver,
And I have seen your fingers hold this glass.
These things do not remember you, belovèd,
And yet your touch upon them will not pass.

For it was in my heart you moved among them,
And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes;
And in my heart they will remember always,—
They knew you once, O beautiful and wise.

Conrad Potter Aiken

1297667.  Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:13 pm Reply with quote

Happy National Poetry Day.

1297882.  Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:42 pm Reply with quote


Like seeing
the old man,
hunched over,

hardly able to
lift his feet,

across the room--
yet still
feel yourself

up there--
on his shoulders

From Heretic, by John Phillips

1297898.  Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:47 am Reply with quote

That one got me thinking monz....

1297959.  Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:40 pm Reply with quote

I love that one, monz.

1297960.  Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:07 pm Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
That one got me thinking monz....

I thought of you when I first saw it.

1331488.  Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:49 am Reply with quote

Happy National Poetry Day.

1335928.  Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:48 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
An A level student is unlikely to be able to define the term amphibrach, although they've all encountered plenty of them since lines 1, 2, and 5 of a limerick are usually in amphibrachic trimeter. Lines 3 and 4 are conventionally in anapestic dimeter.

There was a young man from Goonhilly
Who thought that the place name was silly
When he told his friend Beth
That young lass from Polzeath
Said shut up and show me your willy

(I didn't spend very long on that, but it was inspired by learning today that Polzeath rhymes with black death rather than Blackheath.)

post 1335920

If I might trespass...

A boorish young man from Goonhilly
Swore his big dick never got chilly
A young lass from Polzeath
By the name of Jo-Beth
Said alright then show me your willy

Amphibrachic trimeter has 3 feet per line*; an amphibrachic foot (known as an amphibrach) has a short syllable followed by a long syllable followed by a short syllable (SLS or U/U).

Anapestic dimeter is a poetic meter that has two anapestic metrical feet per line. Each foot has two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable (SSL or UU/)
By inference from and the above.

I think you need to emphasise his and nev a bit but I'm no expert.

All Limericks 9,9,6,6,9 huh; or should be anyway it seems.

* an attribute it shares with our boastful 'young man from Goonhilly'.

1336012.  Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:54 pm Reply with quote

Trespass away!

Your version of the limerick has a couple of words stressed on the "wrong" syllable to fit the meter. That's more or less allowed in limericks, but mine was constructed so as to avoid it.
There have been papers written on the "proper" structure of a limerick. Edward Lear favoured 9, 9, 6, 6, 9 with the meter as above, but there is some flexibility. Any number between seven and ten syllables seems to be "acceptable" for lines 1, 2, and 5 so long as all three are the same length and to the same meter, while lines 3 and 4 can get away with five or seven syllables but six appears to be preferred.

You're allowed to cheat a bit and condense two adjacent unstressed syllables into one. For instance, the final line of the oldest known Canadian limerick is "To a seat in the uppermost gallery". To scan properly, that has to be rendered as "Twa seat in the uppermost galry".

That the rhyme scheme is AABBA is non-negotiable unless you are W S Gilbert.


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