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#221453 - 07/01/15 03:13 AM Re: Boosting morale [Re: wofahulicodoc]  
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Bernard Montgomery,
Sent to North Africa,
Rallied his troops with the
Confident boast:

"With our numerical
Superiority,
We can win easily.
Rommel is toast!"

#227285 - 07/19/17 02:00 AM Re: Religious theme [Re: A C Bowden]  
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Pontifex Maximus,
Holy Pope Francis was
Chosen divinely as
Bishop of Rome.

He will deliver some
Deontological
Guidance in tracts from his
Vatican home.



Judas Iscariot
Needed some cash, so he
Vilely betrayed the Lord
Jesus, we're told.

Sadly, such greed is an
Anthropological
Trait - we are tempted by
Silver and gold.

#227677 - 11/26/17 01:38 AM Principia Mathematica II [Re: A C Bowden]  
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Russell and Whitehead, the
Mathematicians,
Worked hard to produce all-
Encompassing feat.

Then came Kurt Gödel, who
Self-referentially
Showed that their treatise must
Be incomplete.

#227880 - 01/10/18 02:06 AM Re: Apocryphal anecdote [Re: wofahulicodoc]  
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Ludwig van Beethoven,
Writing a violin
Part in a symphony,
Put a low F.

When he was told of its
Unplayability,
He was ashamed and said:
"Sorry, I'm deaf".

#227935 - 02/02/18 03:52 AM Re: Metrical variation [Re: A C Bowden]  
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And now for a Double Anapest:

Alexander the Great
Led a conquering host
Which could soundly defeat
Any tribe;

His opponents' extreme
Ineffectualness
Was a fact the accounts
All describe.

#227944 - 02/06/18 01:16 AM Is a puzzlement [Re: Alex Williams]  
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I gotta work on this some more.

A dactyl is ONE-two-three - a triple rhythm. But maybe an anapest is not just a matter of the stress being on the final beat instead, but (musical analogy) it's two pickup notes and the downbeat, which makes it more a four-count rhythm: three-four-ONE like a galloping horse - pa-da-POM, pa-da-POM etc - with a short unvoiced pause providing an implied "two," . Otherwise you really can't tell one from the other. If you string them together how do you decide whether it's a poly-dactyl or a poly-anapest?

Sung to the tune of the Irish Washerwoman: " We got PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL

de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL..." repeat ad-libitum. Is it ONE.two.three.ONE.two.three or two.three.ONE.two.three.ONE?

Here's what the tune sounds like

(PS Para-etc. is the chemical name for a kind of moth-repellant.)

#227948 - 02/06/18 05:11 AM Re: Is a puzzlement [Re: wofahulicodoc]  
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Originally Posted by wofahulicodoc
I gotta work on this some more.

A dactyl is ONE-two-three - a triple rhythm. But maybe an anapest is not just a matter of the stress being on the final beat instead, but (musical analogy) it's two pickup notes and the downbeat, which makes it more a four-count rhythm: three-four-ONE like a galloping horse - pa-da-POM, pa-da-POM etc - with a short unvoiced pause providing an implied "two,"

Yes, I agree, and I have tried to reproduce this rhythm as far as possible by using a long vowel and/or a consonant cluster for the 'downbeats'.

Originally Posted by wofahulicodoc
Otherwise you really can't tell one from the other. If you string them together how do you decide whether it's a poly-dactyl or a poly-anapest?

Well, if you begin and end each line with a complete anapestic foot, I would call it a poly-anapest.

Originally Posted by wofahulicodoc
Sung to the tune of the Irish Washerwoman: " We got PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL

de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL-de-hyde / PAR-a-di-CHLOR-o-a-MI-no-benz-AL..." repeat ad-libitum. Is it ONE.two.three.ONE.two.three or two.three.ONE.two.three.ONE?

Yes, I am familiar with this tune. The distinction is not so clear here, but since the tune begins with two upbeats and ends with a downbeat, it seems more anapestic than dactylic. "We got SEV-en-ty-THOU-sand-two-HUN-dred-and-FOUR/ We got SEV-en-ty-THOU-sand-two-HUN-dred-and-FOUR/ We got SEV-en-ty-THOU-sand-two-HUN-dred-and-FOUR/ We got SEV-en-ty-THOU-sand-two-HUN-dred-and-FOUR". (Some of the later lines begin with only one upbeat, i.e. "We've SEV-en-ty...")

#227960 - 02/07/18 04:24 PM On an related note [Re: A C Bowden]  
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All I've come up with so far is

On a tree by the river
A little tom-tit
Sang Willow, tit-willow,
Tit-willow.

And I said to him, Dicky-bird,
Why do you sit,
Singing Willow, tit-willow,
Tit-willow...
usw.

But that one's taken.
I'll keep working.

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