Exercise: Nonsense poetry

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by mesmie » Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:32 am

Well Ben

I have had a go at recording this one m'self but I do think it needs a bloke's voice! You gonna take up the challenge?? I wonder would anyone take up the challenge?.. :lol: It would be interesting to listen to different takes on this.


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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by BenJohnson » Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:05 am

Here's my take on it Mes


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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by mesmie » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:30 pm

Ben........I am in love....this is most excellent thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!!...oh hell gonna play it for the umpteenth time now.. :D Now can you do it with a Scottish accent?... :lol:

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by BenJohnson » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:19 pm

In love with a Vogon? I should go careful there Mes :)

Scottish accent, um I try to avoid that as it usually ends up sounding like a Chinese man who has spent too long in Wales.

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by Ros » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:42 pm

It's brilliant, Ben and Mesmie! I think we should insist on all poems being done in this format. We could submit them to the IBPC...
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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by bodkin » Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:22 pm

Because I never realised stage-directions were allowed...

-- During this speech THE HERO enters,
dressed as an office supplies store manager and
dragging an trolley with a sundial on it.

........So it begins, the introduction: to chaos,
........disorder, theft and ructions. This is Swan Lake on Ice
........and Hamlet in spades; a tale of one man
........and his cavalcade of cats, pianos and kings.

........Enough introduction. Begin!

-- Cue dancing girls.

........(assertively)

........I dismiss you; you lurid, dancing pastries
........and comprehensively invite
........those who will not spend the night
........to exit by stages left at once.

-- Release the Penguin.

........(shocked)

........Ah! Frippery, flippery, fishy and drippery.
........Be gone!

-- F/X Smoke, lightning, a distant scream.

........(amused)

........Is this it? The singing of the dead choir
........and serving up with parsley sauce -- how quaint.
........Oh let these tantrums run their course,
........and when you drift, flaccid and weak,
........to worlds beyond the edges of sleep

........(kindly)

........I shall embalm you -- at no extra charge.

-- Fade to black.

........(philosophical)

........Silence is golden, to gladden the heart,
........and this is the verge of the state of the art...
........and the
........rest
........is
........custard.
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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by nar » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:18 pm

Ben - that is very, very funny. Nicely done.

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by nar » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:23 pm

bod,

penguins, parsley sauce, custard.... I think I've actually seen that one!

Good stuff,

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by nar » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:40 pm

Easter haiku.

Sothering Munday.
Crot boss huns and chuffy flicks --
Runny babbits too.

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by mesmie » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:12 pm

Release the Penguin.

........(shocked)

........Ah! Frippery, flippery, fishy and drippery.
........Be gone!

be gone indeedy! Bod tis a classic..

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by mesmie » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:15 pm

Ros yess I believe the IBPC would be most impressed :D

Neil

I have a strange compulsion for a chuffy flick! :lol:

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by bodkin » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:08 pm

Thanks Mesmie,

You and Ben get the credit for that one, you put "(sobbing)" and then Ben took it as a stage direction when he read it and I just went with the idea of that, possibly also inspired a little by the way Bluebottle used to read all the stage directions out loud in the Goon Show...

Hi Neil,

Something in the vein of One Way Pendulum, do you think?

"Crot Boss Huns" -- something to do with Atilla?

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by BenJohnson » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:25 pm

Have you ever read Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo" http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER2/Lind ... html#congo He is the only poet I have seen use stage directions (previous to Ian). An idea that didn't catch on unfortunately.

Nice job, Ian.

Neil what an amazing amount of spoonerisms, simply marvellous.

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by mesmie » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:47 pm

Ben

[To the tune of "Hark, ten thousand harps and voices".]...only know Hark the herald angel sings!
"Mumbo-Jumbo is dead in the jungle.
Never again will he hoo-doo you.
Never again will he hoo-doo you."


I so enjoyed these and it got me to thinking of music and the terms used etc etc yes I like the thought of scripting how to read some poetry..lol mind you..could become sooo complicated!

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by BenJohnson » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:12 pm

Sorry this is getting off topic.

There have been various attempts to devise notation for poems like for music, but all of these have been shunned by main stream poetry. Lindsay's is probably the closest to being accepted. Personally I feel it is a shame, punctuation is great for indicating where to pause and to some extent how long to pause. Beyond that there is no control over tempo, volume, emotion. The way I read a poem can differ widely from the way you read it and massively from the way the author wants it to be read. This doesn't happen in music and occasionally I find it a shame. :)

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by nar » Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:07 am

I slap floor,
as ill proof
of oral slip.
O, pillars of
proof - all is
fair, so poll
for Alp soil.
Frail pools
slop, ail for
fills. A poor
floor pails.

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by bodkin » Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:59 pm

Managerial Ski

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by bodkin » Fri May 22, 2009 9:05 pm

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by oranggunung » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:13 pm

This isn´t complete nonsense, but might not get an airing anywhere else


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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by bodkin » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:39 pm

I think most of those words were long overdue some exercise...

I mean, I probably don't use "Yttriferous" more than two or three times a day :)
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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by BenJohnson » Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:39 am

bodkin wrote:I think most of those words were long overdue some exercise...

I mean, I probably don't use "Yttriferous" more than two or three times a day :)
Bodkin I'm shocked by that confession :o

Orang, I really enjoyed your offering. I think it deserves an airing elsewhere.

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by nar » Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:13 pm

Og,

That is just splendid. A very touching and funny dialogue.
FWIW: I don't think you need the bold capitals.

Ben,

Ha - a real LOL moment for me. Clever and astute.

Thanks both,

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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by oranggunung » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:24 am

Thanks for the responses.

Sorry if I was heavy-handed with the capitals. I tried an acrostic a little while ago and sneaked it in under the radar.
The bold emphasis can be removed.

As regards a wider airing, I wasn´t sure where to put it. It seems a little frivolous.

Sorry to hear Yttriferous isn´t in common usage. Next thing you´ll be telling me Brobdignagian is obsolete.


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Re: Exercise: Nonsense poetry

Post by BenJohnson » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:17 am

oranggunung wrote: As regards a wider airing, I wasn´t sure where to put it. It seems a little frivolous.
Surely poetry can be frivolous as well as serious, I feel it is the quality that makes the difference.

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