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#102449 - 05/03/03 09:12 AM double dactyls
tsuwm Offline
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metamorphosable... not an easy one to start this with but.

Higgamus hoggamus,
David D. Cronenburg
Had some te-Merity
Remade The Fly;
Goldblum was Shown to be
Metamorphosable,
We were told, "Be afraid,"
They didn't lie.


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#102450 - 05/03/03 09:15 AM Re: double dactyls
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here's a self-referential example:

Long-short-short, long-short-short
Dactyls in dimeter,
Verse form with choriambs
(Masculine rhyme):
One sentence (two stanzas)
Hexasyllabically
Challenges poets who
Don't have the time.
Roger Robison

(that's as may be, but it doesn't support the added stipulation of having a person's name as the second line--which really makes things a lot harder!)

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#102451 - 05/03/03 09:35 AM Re: double dactyls and the anapest
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Those double dactyls are terrific, tsuwm.

Do you have any such examples for the contrary little pest, anapest?


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#102452 - 05/03/03 11:01 AM Re: double dactyls
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The Distracted Musician
(autobiographical, yes)

Holding my crash cymbals,
Counting the measures out,
Waiting to enter and
Doing my best;
Hear the bold trumpets play!
Woodwinds and saxophones!
Ah, here's my entrance -- OOPS!
Played in the rest.


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#102453 - 05/03/03 11:09 AM Re: double dactyls
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before we get too far afield, here are those basic stips.

a double dactyl has a rigid (if peculiar) structure. Two stanzas, each comprising three lines of dactylic dimeter followed by a line with a dactyl and a single accent. The two stanzas have to rhyme on their last line. The first line of the first stanza is repetitive nonsense. The second line of the first stanza is somebody's name -- strictly speaking, a proper noun. Note that this name must itself be double-dactylic. E.g. Gloria Vanderbilt, Jesus of Nazareth, Gilbert and Sullivan, Archangel Gabriel. In the second stanza, one entire line must be a double-dactylic word. E.g. biopsychology, geopolitical, gastrointestinal, abecedarian, etc. etc.

BTW, anapest is a dactyl (hint, hint), making it a heterological word.


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#102454 - 05/03/03 11:12 AM Re: double dactyls
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The second line of the first stanza is somebody's name


Sorry, I missed that. I'll try to stick to the roolz.


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#102455 - 05/03/03 11:20 AM Re: double dactyls
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...and don't forget the six-syllable word!!


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#102456 - 05/03/03 11:25 AM Re: double dactyls
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if you sing it to the tune of "The Irish Washerwoman", you'll get pretty close...
except for the fourth line... hmmm...


_________________________
formerly known as etaoin...

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#102457 - 05/03/03 05:01 PM Let's try this again:
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(from the Weekly Themes thread)

Here's a classic example:

Higgledy-piggledy
Ludwig van Beethoven
Bored by requests for some
Music to hum,

Finally answered with
Oversimplicity
"Here's my Fifth Symphony:
Duh, duh, duh, DUM!"

~~



and here's another source for the rules of this and other fixed-forms poems:

http://makeashorterlink.com/?T2E112764

tsuwm, your maiden dactyls were lovely.


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#102458 - 05/03/03 05:46 PM Re: Easy-peasy ...
Capfka Offline
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Here's one that I think follows all the rules:

Doodilly, deedilly
Butler of Erewhon
Slogged through the high country
Staking a claim
Wrote on a hillside high
Autobiography
Led to a lifetime of
Living off fame.



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