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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Poetry Meme

First lines of poems - leave the ones you recognize, replace the ones you don't (changes w/asterix).
*1. Let us go then you and I
*2. l(a
*3. She walks in beauty, like the night
4. Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
5. Do not go gentle into that good night,
*6. We real cool
*7. I celebrate myself,
8. That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall,
9. Because I could not stop for death
10. Tiger, tiger, burning bright


At 8:30 AM, Blogger Dr.K said...

These are too easy! I know them all. May I suggest these? And replace the ones you do know? (Oh, and how am I supposed to replace yours anyway? I couldn't figure that out.) See what you think (now, this is my idea of fun!):

1. Much have I traveled in the realms of gold,
2. I am, outside. Incredible panic rules.
3. There was a roaring in the wind all night;
4. A line in long array where they wind betwixt green islands
5. she being Brand
6. From my mother's sleep I fell into the State
7. As virtuous men pass mildly away
8. Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.
9. I like a look of Agony
10. O Rose, thou art sick!

At 2:07 PM, Blogger jo(e) said...

Yeah, I recognise them all too. Here's my list. It's better than Dr. K's.

1. The problem, unstated till now, is how
2. She had some horses.
3. Go to the meadow behind Braim's pond
4. In the center of a harsh and spectrumed city
5. How is the word made flesh made steel made shit
6. Sturdy, lightweight, space-age Kevlar
7. When they found you, you were not breathing.
8. We were up and down the sickening hills of the city
9. Because we live in the browning season
10. O sweet spontaneous

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about
1. There once was a man from Nantucket
2. There once was a plumber from Leeds
3. Here I sit, broken hearted

You guys just don't appreciate the classics


At 8:23 AM, Blogger jo(e) said...

Too funny, BD. I laughed aloud. And sadly, my students would probably recognize your lines quicker than mine, even though I took mine from poems I handed out in class this week.

I'm surprised you could only come up with three though. Need me to finish your list for you?

4. There once was a man named Dave
5. This is about a woman named Madonna
6. I met this man named Lance
7. There was a Vice Pres named Dick
8. Beware of leaders named Bush
9. I see London, I see France
10. I knew a doctor, hard he was tryin'

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a poem I wrote once:

I'm an overwieght lady from Gam
And my ass is as fat as a ham
At the store I don't mind it
Cause I'm not behind it
But it blocks up the aisles like a dam!

You English professor types can teach that to your next class!

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Dr.K said...

The scansion of your piece in perfect anapestic trimeter is exemplary, and congratulations as well on the effective feminine rhyme of "mind it" and "behind it." I wish more illiterates could write as well as you do.

At 12:05 PM, Blogger jo(e) said...

Actually, anon, that’s the kind of poem we analyze in class all the time. Let’s see: we’ve got the stereotype of the overweight woman who is inconsiderate. Fat women are always inconsiderate; everyone knows that. She is, of course, reduced to merely one body part – her ass – because we live in a culture that fragments women’s bodies. Women are often reduced to tits and ass. She is compared to a piece of meat, another indication of the way women are treated in this culture. The use of dam is especially good, because it’s got a double meaning. A dam is a female ungulate, used for breeding. Women in this culture are sometimes valued solely for breeding purposes, which is why we recoil in horror at the idea of a gay marriage which would produce no children. In patriarchy, breeding is the whole point of marriage, isn’t it? The double meaning behind Gam is nice too – women are often valued for the shape of their legs rather than the strength of their character or the sharpness of their intellect. The shopping imagery conjures up another stereotypical role for the woman: the housewife. A five-line poem that reinforces and promotes a whole array of negative stereotypes of women: good work, anon!


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