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Structural Integrity

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Sometimes I like to write my wife poems for special events or holidays — but because I’m really not much of a poetry kind of guy, I don’t usually take these poems too seriously. I’ve written her odes to Gene Wilder’s jowls, I’ve perverted entire sections of songs from Disney musicals. Recently, though, I’ve been upping the ante for myself and started setting myself specific structural challenges before starting to pen my preposterous poems.

The first, as you might remember, involved the poem I wrote her for her birthday in January. It was her thirty-sixth birthday, so I decided that not only should the poem have exactly thirty-six words (not too hard to accomplish), but the title should have exactly thirty-six letters (much more difficult to pull off). But I did it and was reasonably proud of the result — especially given that the trick was subtle enough that I doubt anyone would ever have noticed it if I didn’t point out. (Really, I just wouldn’t have expected anyone to give the poem anything more than a quick read.)

My newest trick was a little bit less subtle, yet I still think very few people ever would have noticed had I not mentioned it to Terry (though given that there’s now precedent to my doing goofy things to these poems, maybe someone would have). I first though about making her Valentine’s Day poem a simple acrostic, but that seemed too easy. I knew that it would jump out at any reader paying even the smallest bit of attention. No, I needed something more complex. So I thought I’d reverse it and have the first letters readingup form the acrostic.

Better, but still: not enough challenge. I then decided that the last letter of each line should be a regular top-down acrostic-but-at-the-end-of-the-line. I had my pattern — and my challenge — set! And not only did I succeed in piecing the thing together, but I think the message of the poem is actually coherent, even if it’s not the most romantic Valentine’s Day poem ever written.

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Written by Allen

February 15th, 2006 at 3:29 pm

Posted in Writing

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  1. Brilliant! Even with the cheat it took me a few minutes to figure out. How long did that take you to write?

    Jay

    15 Feb 06 at 5:10 pm

  2. Damn, and I was looking for an acrostic in that, too! [facepalm]

    Ellen

    15 Feb 06 at 10:25 pm

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