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> Irony and Hyperbole Exposed, ballad meter with  internal rhymes
post Jan 28 05, 17:25
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When goal is wry, each word a lie,
I tell it like it aint.
Let words imply, no clue supply,
mistruth without restraint!

Without the smile, with all that guile,
in verse there is no chance.
For all the while, mislead's the style,
the reader tends to trance.

So better be on guard you see,
one needn't swing a pendant.
Don't plan on me, the third degree
though I'll be the defendant.

On 1/14 I posted in Hermia's an exercize in irony titled "The Happy Failure".
The usage of irony and hyperbole in verse make for tremendous confusion, as without facial expressions, voice inflections, body language, it is difficult for the poetry reader to determine the true intent of the poet's message.
When such bardly style is used, I believe it only fair that the reader be warned and I will do so.
Cheers,   jgd


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post Jan 28 05, 17:31
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Jgd, we are truely warned.
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post Jan 28 05, 17:37
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You make an excellent point.  I have enough trouble with irony when there are non verbal signs, let alone in poetry or writing where there are none.  Often I don't get the irony at all.

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post Jan 28 05, 17:48
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Hi Ron...

Good verse to express an interesting point. Well written.

I agree with you - but it isn't just bardic irony or exaggeration. I am perfectly able to confuse everyone using my very different style. Poetry reading is often hard... it's not easy-digestion writing and all these devices deserve use. however, your idea of some notes to assist is very sound.

Thanks Ron.
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