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\title{The Limerick War}%
\author{Daniel Mathews}%
\date{3 March 2006}
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Our disagreements were over pretty much everything, including at
least the following. Zeroth, on the philosophy of what poetry is and
how it works. First, on what a limerick is. Second, on what the
meter of a limerick is and how well it is defined. Third, on whether
first letters in lines of poems have to be capitalised. Fourth, on
aesthetics of various rhythms. Fifth, on the semantics of the story
and tenses and whether it makes sense as a story if different tenses
are used. Sixth, whether certain words are stressed. Seventh, on the
number of stresses in a line, and the permissibility/desirability of
certain stress patterns.
Basically things I like, because of the rhythm, or the continuity,
or whatever, tend to break certain "rules" which I either think
don't exist or shouldn't exist. More generally, I think many more
things are desirable/permitted than others do. Apparently things
like making a crotchet+quaver into three quavers, or breaking an
idea over a line (something which I think can be used to great
effect) tends to make people unhappy. Things which I find
aesthetically obviously superior seem obviously transgressive or
"imperfect" to others. I don't know what you mean by "perfect meter"
and kind of dislike the concept instinctively. What was apparently
"perfect meter" often sounded disjointed and awkward to me. However,
in the interests of sanity and efficiency and since it's not a very
important thing, I will leave it to you guys.
That's artistic differences for you, I guess... In any case I won't
comment more specifically.
Basically, you can have your fascistic hegemonic totalitarian
limerick regime, but leave me out of it. :P
May you produce a master race of perfect poems.
--- Dan
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