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(11/20/2009 8:41:00 AM)
If you look at
you will see they are all based on Shelley's Ozymandias, having the same end-words and iambic pentameter meter.
Does anyone else feel inclined to try? I'd be fascinated to see what other members can come up with.
(5/7/2009 3:13:00 AM)
Thanks, Gary. I fully agree with you that language has to change (or die) and welcome many innovations (apart from spelling 'you' as 'u') . I do, as I said, respect the efforts of people who are writing in a language not their own - I have tried it, and not had much success - and often praise their work, as you do. But what really riles me is the number of writers from (I have to say it) the Indian sub-continent, who trumpet their own merits well beyond reason and thereby (A) convince sometimes a substantial following of gullible people that they are somebody to admire, and (B, worse) set themselves up as expert judges of poetry in English.
(5/5/2009 10:49:00 PM)
I have major difficulty with many writers from the Sub-continent of India. I admire them for writing in what may be a third or fourth language, but their work is often (A) full of errors; or (B) written in a dialect that I can scarcely recognise as English. Yet many other members write comments full of praise. It has been suggested that I should try to guess what such writers are trying to say, and comment on that. However, I would not then be commenting on the piece I am reading, but my own construct of it. If other British- or US-English speaking members have any insights on this general question, I would be glad to receive them.