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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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June 13th, 2007

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02:33 pm - A distinct lack of poetic talent is my meter. . .
So there's this poem I've been working on. Its initial lines were typed in on Dec. 11, 2001, though it may be a few months older. It very much follows a certain. . . shall we say. . . lack of meter?

I've never actually lost interest in this poem. It's four pages long, and I just added three stanzas to make it just over that, but I don't often work on it. The title is "Teachings of a Woodcutter", and it's sort of modeled after the Havamal thematically.

It's an outgrowth of my first work as an ADF Dedicant, as I tried to understand the Nine Virtues. Each virtue (listed, even that early, as "three times three") receives an introductory stanza and three explanatory stanzas, with seven stanzas to introduce the entire poem. Each stanza is four lines long, with the number of feet per line being. . . well, "arbitrary" is an understatement.

After this week's experiments with "Kubla Khan" and the month-long experiment with Lugus and Rosemerta, I'm looking at this particular work as "in desperate need of fixing". This is rather amusing, given that it's not even finished yet.

So, tonight, I'm likely to keep working on this particular poem. I'm so far behind on "stuff" at this point that it isn't funny, but I've gotten some things done. I'd grumble about money, but, ya know, grumbling doesn't pay bills, so I'm off to find new ways to make cash instead.

Something's gotta give, and it ain't gonna be me.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: "Off to See the Lizard", -JB

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Date:June 13th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
So wouldn't that be "freeverse"?
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Date:June 14th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Nope. Freeverse has a cadence to it, at least.

Really, these are just broken up lines, looking at it critically.

Sure, I could pretend that they're freeverse, but anyone whose read enough freeverse would know that this isn't anything more than poetified sentences broken up.
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Date:June 14th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Funny; I always thought that's what freeverse was.
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Date:June 14th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
I may have taken too many snooty English classes here (I tell you, this department is like the toilet of English departments), but from the poetry classes I took, as well as the rhetoric classes, I was informed numerous times that freeverse is unmetered, but it replaces meter with cadence, runs with alliteration (and her siblings) at times, or uses various poetic devices to make it "poetry" instead of "hacked sentences".

Really, these are just hacked sentences.

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