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#80431 09/13/02 08:56 AM
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amphigory= a piece of nonsense writing

Ah, I recall this term, as I always liked the sound of it. I thought it meant "flowery" rather than plain nonsensical though.

It is by Swinburne
Hmmm, don't I recall that Swinburne was absolutely slated by others - John Donne or Alexamder Pope or someone in particular? Might imply that his "straight" poetry is just as crap as "Nephelisis".


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thought it meant "flowery" rather than plain nonsensical though.

And I always thought it had a connotation of seeming to go somewhere but never quite making it. Edward Gorey's Willowdale Handcar was, to me, a classic example.


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It's certainly full of alliterations.

But looking at the rhyming structure:
A B A B
C D C D
E
It resembles a Shakespearean sonnet which follows:
A B A B
C D C D
E F E F
G H G H
I I


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Shakespearean sonnet: Three quatrains and a couplet.
Isn't there an extra quatrain here, A&O?


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In reply to:

An example of "amphigouri" also spelled amphigory= a piece of nonsense writing, a burlesque.


A writer and illustrator, the late Edward Gorey, had a book called Amphigorey. His wordplay was delightful, especially his alphabetical poems that were macabre send-ups of children's literature. At the risk of changing the subject of this thread, I wonder if there are any other Gorey fans here on A.W.A.D.

Some links to Gorey illustrations:

http://www.wishville.co.uk/gorey/images/gashlycrumb.gif

http://members.aol.com/awardsgame/empgift.jpg

http://www.rcharvey.com/images/gorey2.gif





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Also Mrs Regera Dowdy and Ogdred Weary.


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Shakespearean sonnet: Three quatrains and a couplet.
Isn't there an extra quatrain here, A&O?


I believe you're right slithytoves.

My appologies for my mistake.


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Dear A&O: and what pray tell, was the orangin of your need for apple-ology?


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