Paul Hartal


Dreamer Fib - Poem by Paul Hartal

As
night
descends
night extends
and I dream a dream,
a dream that has yet to be dreamt.

Topic(s) of this poem: dream

Form: Ars Poetica


Poet's Notes about The Poem

“Dreamer Fib” is presented in a literary form based on the Fibonacci number sequence. The fib is named after the Italian mathematician Leonardo Bonacci, known as Fibonacci, who lived in the middle ages, c.1170 - c.1250. The architecture of the verse bears some similarity to haiku because of its strict structure and short format. However, the haiku comprises 17 phonetic sounds in three phrases of 5,7 and 5, whereas the fib here consists of 20 syllables in 6 lines, arranged in correspondence with the Fibonacci sequence of 1,1,2,3,5,8. Actually, the sequence is infinite and its integers are growing exponentially. For example, F7 is 13, F8 is 21, F9 is 34, whereas F14, F15 and F17 are 377,610 and 1597 respectively. The Fibonacci series involve the Golden Ratio whose value of 1,618 manifests itself in nature, music and art. The fib is a Western form of experimental poetry. Its history dates back to medieval times, has had numerous poetic antecedents and is related to the development of the sonnet. Its contemporary layout has been popularized by Gregory K. Pincus.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 7, 2015


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