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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Sahan » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:32 am

Yep, all the time. Then I start wondering if maybe I'd been pronouncing it wrong the whole time. Then I just ignore the problem until it no longer bothers me.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby LordRetard » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:22 am

You've never seen that AABBC rhyme scheme before? I've seen it before. The last line doesn't rhyme with anything.

Also, you're racist and homophobic for not liking Dunbar.

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Silly LR.

Iambic pentameter is a meter, not a rhyme scheme. It doesn't have to rhyme.

EDIT: MOAR POEMZ

I've heard from a friend of a friend that your haunted fax machine is sending me messages from thousands of miles away.
I haven't received one. How pathetic. You call this keeping in touch?
My face cannot even be recognised from the scars. I bet you changed, too.
I don't know what's left to say; I'm still awful with works.
I've only been taught to speak in tongues thousands of years old.
I could burn its letters into your lawn, if I still had your address.
If I could take it back, I would have written "don't fuck with me" on your hands and arms and face and you'd know what I really meant.
If you picked up your phone you could call me, I could die and we could get on with things.
But so could I, I guess. But I still don't really get it.


My loser friend once started a fire at school.
It was in the field. No one was hurt.
When I asked him why, he shrugged his shoulders.
To this day nothing will grow there.


My shoe is broken. I step in water. My foot is wet.
My shoe is broken. I step on a nail. My foot is bleeding.
My shoe is broken. I'm trailing blood. Everyone is staring at me.
My shoe is broken. I don't even care. My heart bleeds through my shoe.


He grows a moustache, he's a bastard.
He shaves his moustache, he's a bastard.


INCIDENTALLY how does everyone prefer to read these? I see plain text, code and I'm partial to quotes, which is easiest to read for me. If people can agree on what they like best I'll go through and fix everything up.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Oldrac the Chitinous » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:33 am

Hey, I like Dunbar! That poem is one of, like, two that I've ever taken the time to commit to memory.

LordRetard wrote:You've never seen that AABBC rhyme scheme before? I've seen it before. The last line doesn't rhyme with anything.

It's only the first stanza of a rondeau, though, and if it's a proper rondeau, it should rhyme.
WE wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!


LordRetard wrote:He grows a moustache, he's a bastard.
He shaves his moustache, he's a bastard.

I like this.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Euclidthegreek » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:41 am

I used to have "Anabel Lee" memorized. I still have "The Walrus and the Carpenter" and "You Are Old, Father William" memorized, and I'm working on the White Knight's Song. I cannot write rhyming poetry, so most of my poetry ends up as jumbled words spat onto paper.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby LordRetard » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:45 am

Jumbled words spat onto paper is great. That's the only poetry I can read. The rest of it bores me to death.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Edminster » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:59 am

One of these days I'm going to commit Stevenson's 'Requiem' to memory.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote:Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie:
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will!
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.


I've got Fire and Ice by Robert Frost para-memorised (in that I have memorised what is apparently a paraphrasing of it that somehow keeps the original rhyming scheme) and something from way back in kindergarten about traffic lights. I also want to memorise 'The Green Hills of Earth' by Robert Heinlein, but I'm starting to think I just like writers with the first name of Robert.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Euclidthegreek » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:36 am

I have Fire and Ice memorized too:

Some say the world will end in fire
some say in ice
from what I know about desire
I hold with those who favor fire
but If I were to perish twice
I think I know enough of hate
to say that ice is also great and would suffice.

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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Edminster » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:40 am

Mine's a bit different and has (what I believe to be) better cadence.

Some say the world will end in Fire
Others say in Ice
From what I've tasted of Desire
I hold with those who favour Fire
But should it have to perish twice
I think I know enough of Hate
To say that for destruction Ice
Is also great
And would suffice
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby LordRetard » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:41 am

You're like one of those guys who listens to a poem or to music or whatever and says "I think it would be better if it went..." You know who else did that?

HITLER.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Sahan » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:44 am

It's ok though, because Hitler had good taste in song lyrics.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby LordRetard » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:47 am

Actually he had a habit of suggesting ways to improve the melodies to popular music. He would do this at dinner. What an asshole!
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Edminster » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:50 am

Alright, I went and looked up the original just to see how far off my memory was.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Others Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But should if it have had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.


I was off by three words.

Some say the world will end in fire
some say in ice
from what I've tasted of know about desire
I hold with those who favor fire
but If I were it had to perish twice
I think I know enough of hate
to say that for destruction ice is also great and would suffice.


Euclid was a bit more... creative, in remembering it.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Sahan » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:52 am

It was the same idea though.
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby Oldrac the Chitinous » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:14 am

I learned that poem because I found a recording of it on Microsoft Bookshelf '95 and listened to it over and over.

I also spend some time telling people, with no context, "I have measured out my life with coffee spoooons."

Oh, and

Dylan Thomas or somebody wrote:"Do not go gentle into that good night
Old age should burn and rave at close of day
Rage, Rage, against the dying of the light."
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Re: Tee Hee, Poetry!

Postby AHMETxRock » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:00 pm

I like that poem too. Although if only human beings were not carbon based, this might not be as great.
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