Sunday, March 16, 2014

Oulipost Practice #2: Iambic Pentameter..Shakespeare's Pissed

As April approaches, we've been given some prompts to help us get ready for our Oulipo project.

I am actually quite surprised and proud of this one. Now, I know it's far from perfect's better than I even imagined.

The prompt:

And now for something slightly more difficult...compose a poem using unintentional lines of iambic pentameter found in your newspaper (or practice source). Blank verse is poetry written in regular metrical but unrhymed lines, almost always iambic pentameters. More background:

I studied blank verse for a bit and then gave it go. 

The result: 
Social Distortion

Bemused components communicate rants
In three retired eloquent essays
Propelling processes using software
Knowledge to collect research on topics
Such as conceived fear in newfangled words
Cheeky subjects progress widely across
A myriad of people in parades
Pamphlets circulate the precious crusade
Wrapped in humanities killing real thought

SOURCE: “Who killed the SAT essays?.” (The Boston Globe, 3/14/13).

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