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kenneth william snow Male, 59, United States (6/16/2005 10:07:00 AM)

IMHO...I don't believe the last word of the line is sufficient...I'd like to see a phrase or half a line at least..This can give us some insight into meter and content...Better chance to get a more fluent poem...


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  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (6/16/2005 12:34:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply
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    Aha, Kenneth! nice point. The surrealists, who thrived on non-sequiturs and the more bizarre the better, would have been happy with this last-word process. The old 19th century 'Consequences' played mostly in prose, required a complete last sentence. But this, if not broken with phrases rather than sentences, comes out as a series of one-liners. Maybe next time?

    A variation suggests iself - tell everyone the last words of all the lines so far.That way, we could ruin Jefferson's day and make it all or partly rhyme...

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    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (6/16/2005 12:41:00 PM) Post reply

      ... and further: telling people the whole previous line, rather than the last word or the last phrase, would give a pleasantly surrealist continuity of thought? It would allow ingenuity in taking the ... more

  • Rookie - 150 Points Poetry Hound (6/16/2005 11:13:00 AM) Post reply

    I agree with you, Kenneth, but it sounds like it's already off and running. Maybe we can try your way next time. I suspect with this one-word approach we'll end up with a list of nonsequitors.

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