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Group Poem Exercise IX

Postby saparris » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:22 pm

This group poem will consist 14 lines rhyming AABBCCDDEEFFGG. Each line will be in iambic heptameter (7 stressed syllables, each preceded by an unstressed one).

“Amazing Grace” (without the middle line breaks typically seen in hymnals) is an example of the meter:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed.

NOW HERE'S THE CATCH! Each line must contain an anagram of a word preceding it in that line. The anagram can be either a single word or a several words as long as all the words making up the anagram appear together.

As always, half rhymes (like rest and east) are acceptable, and a little fudging on the iambic rule will be OK, but the lines should still contain seven stressed syllables.

As before, copy the title and lines of the previous post so that we can see the progress of the entire poem, and don’t forget to bold the word used to make the anagram and the anagram itself.

The poem, as I foresee it, is a humorous look at how we grow up to be so much like our parents. The title and first line are as follows:

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Re: Group Poem Exercise IX

Postby Audiendus » Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:08 pm

May I take the liberty of putting the multi-word anagram first?

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
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Postby saparris » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:32 pm

Feel free to put the multi-word anagram first. Keeping a coherent flow of ideas is a challenge, so do what works.

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Postby Audiendus » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:28 pm

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree;
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny.
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Postby saparris » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:05 pm

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Postby Audiendus » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:52 pm

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small

:idea: I have included an extra anagram in the last line.
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Postby saparris » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:43 pm

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Postby Audiendus » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:56 am

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
But what's the point of getting angered and enraged by that?
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Postby saparris » Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:52 pm

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
But what's the point of getting angered and enraged by that?
These traits are just my heritagethe imagery thereof
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Postby Audiendus » Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:12 pm

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
But what's the point of getting angered and enraged by that?
These traits are just my heritagethe imagery thereof
By strict determination fixed (I mentioned art above)
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Postby saparris » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:13 pm

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
But what's the point of getting angered and enraged by that?
These traits are just my heritagethe imagery thereof
By strict determination fixed (I mentioned art above)
So though I look like sturgeon that some nurse got from the sea
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Postby Audiendus » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:30 am

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
But what's the point of getting angered and enraged by that?
These traits are just my heritagethe imagery thereof
By Fate's determination fixed (I mentioned art above)
So though I look like sturgeon that some nurse got from the sea
I have a heart of caviar, a vicar said to me.

N.B. I have changed one of my words in line 10 to improve it slightly.
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Postby saparris » Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:37 pm

(Let's go to 16 lines so that we can develop a good conclusion.)

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
But what's the point of getting angered and enraged by that?
These traits are just my heritagethe imagery thereof
By Fate's determination fixed (I mentioned art above)
So though I look like sturgeon that some nurse got from the sea
I have a heart of caviar, a vicar said to me
I might not be at ease with what I see in mirrored glass
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Postby Audiendus » Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:44 pm

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
But what's the point of getting angered and enraged by that?
These traits are just my heritagethe imagery thereof
By Fate's determination fixed (I mentioned art above)
So though I look like sturgeon that some nurse got from the sea
I have a heart of caviar, a vicar said to me
I might not be at ease with what I see in mirrored glass
But I've become phlegmatic since this sad plight came to pass
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Postby saparris » Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:46 am

THE APPLE FALLS

The genes that crawled prenatal from my parental tête-à-tête
(As Dawkins, by a modern test, has sought to demonstrate)
Encumbered my frail spirit like some sweeping, numb decree
From start to end, cast iron laws constrained my destiny
My genes for looks and talent are but latent, if at all
My artist traits are strait in range, my music gifts are small
My shameless wife now hassles me for being short and fat
But what's the point of getting angered and enraged by that?
These traits are just my heritagethe imagery thereof
By Fate's determination fixed (I mentioned art above)
So though I look like sturgeon that some nurse got from the sea
I have a heart of caviar, a vicar said to me
I might not be at ease with what I see in mirrored glass
But I've become phlegmatic since this sad plight came to pass
I care not, in the end, to win some race for style or flair
Ars longa, vita brevis
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