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Unknown Piece Contest on DA

Semirrahge (August 27th, 2002, 8:08 pm)

I am sure all of you would have seen this anyhow, but... I thought I'd link to it here anyhow:

And... =P I just thought I'd double-post my comment here, because I thought it came out rather cool. I've just finished reading (well, listening, really) to Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea", and I think some of that beauty broke into my style.


Oh, yes... Very good idea. I may submit something - it can't hurt, can it? I just wish I was better at finishing stuff that I start.

Oh, yeah - and for you guys who look down on us: Writing is easy. Writing GOOD poetry and other literature is VERY hard - so hard that a good author nearly has to be born with the talent. All art is difficult, that's why it's popular - not everyone can do it - but to take ordinary boring words and an ordinary, boring sequence of events and combine them into something that grips you and pulls you on in an agony of suspense... There is something transcendental there. It's like sculpture.

I and others like me create both form and function from chaos. Like a skillful director of a movie, a good writer can take something plain and light it, position it, and describe it in such a way to bring tears to your eyes, or at least melancholy to your heart.

And that, to me, is really special.

Whoa, sorry. I'm not saying I am such a writer, of course. Um. I'll just go... stand over here... Now.

Unknown Piece Contest on DA

Eldritch (August 27th, 2002, 8:59 pm)

Poems!!! YECK...We don't do that see... We write prose, see? Capisce?

Unknown Piece Contest on DA

Narainsbrain (August 28th, 2002, 5:56 am)

heh... cool comment. "like sculpture"... hmm. never thought of it that way, but it sounds nice. =)


Semirrahge (August 28th, 2002, 12:58 pm)

Whaddya mean, we don't do poems? Do you somehow think that poetry is less valid than real literature? I have written poetry before, and should inspiration strike, would write it again.

A good poem is like high-caliber rifle slug; sharp, accurate and carries emotion with surgical precision directly to the target.

You don't have to bother with all the tedious storyline, character development, etc, and etc...

Just imagery and emotion, and sometimes that's really nice. Besides, everyone seems to like my style, and I write EVERYTHING poetically. I think it comes from being raised on the King James translation of the Bible. Someday I'm going to take snippets from some of the psalms and illustrate their poetic nature, and the power of that form. Metaphor, simile, analogy, parable - all are forms of poetry, and all require significant amounts of intelligence to understand and use properly.

Ok. Stopping now. :)


Ben (August 28th, 2002, 2:08 pm)

I agree, but with the caveat that all of my poetry really sucks. :) Also, I think Eldritch was being ironic. :D


Eldritch (August 28th, 2002, 10:34 pm)

Actually, yes, I was being ironic. I really do write poetry. Not often, but I do.


Eldritch (August 28th, 2002, 10:37 pm)

And I think prose is much tougher. Prose isn't just art. It's function and science too(or so I think).


Eldritch (August 28th, 2002, 10:38 pm)

But I like poetry too...Now, I finished the threepeat, you can go back to the normal post behavior :D


cruise (August 29th, 2002, 10:45 am)

/me runs away


I've never been a real fan of poetry...I prefer a good storyline to pretty much anything. Some of it I can appreciate...mainly those with a storyline :P My favourite being "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe.

I also tend to suck at writing poetry...I find it too limiting. I just want to write, rather than worry about rythym and metre and rhyme.


Mazuko (December 10th, 2002, 6:50 pm)

I write quite a bit of poetry myself, some good, some bad. Ultimately however a good piece of poetry can spark as much emotion as the most involving and highly detailed novel one could possibly pick up.

It may be easy to remember the concept of memorable writing or even the storyline of a fantastic book, but a poem packed with nothing more than raw emotion is enough to move the hearts of millions.

Quite a few of the sci-fi novels I have read have involved poetry to some aspect as being important to the "education" of the main characters or as an aid in development of the story line or the development of a character.

Used appropriately I have always felt that a piece of poetry can surpass even the greatest novels.

Is the voice of the soul

Hellkeepa (December 11th, 2002, 2:10 pm)


Yes, quite interesting indeed: Too bad I'm not much of a writer. :-/ Strangely enough I don't like most poems though, or it is perhaps only those we were forced to read in school. :rolleyes:

Happy fraggin'!

"forced to read in school" =D

Narainsbrain (December 12th, 2002, 4:07 am)

I think those poems are deliberately selected to bore children to death, because children half-asleep are easier for teachers to handle than children alive with imagination ;D

Coming back to the topic, I was never a fan of blank verse - I never could see much point to it, a bunch of words with neither rhythm nor story. Maybe I don't appreciate it because I don't let myself go with the flow of emotion, or whatever.

But I love well-metred, rhyming verse. We were taught a small portion of Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' in school, and it was the most impressive piece of poetry I'd ever read. To think he wrote a whole book like that... it boggles my mind. The little verses in 'The Hobbit' are pretty fun too. =) That's my kind of poetry, the kind that has such a rhythm that it's almost a song.

Ben (December 12th, 2002, 6:28 am)

There is an ancient marinere

and he stoppeth one of three.

"By thy long grey beard and thy wrinkling eye,

now wherefore stoppeth thou me?"

[/showoff] :)

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