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There's just something about that innocent little bit of verse that appeals to the literary parodist in you, huh mister?
It is a required target. Of course, if I had the slightest whiff of talent as a poet, I'd write something original ... then parody it.
Man, this one just about blew my mind at least: From McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes (also available for consumption on McSweeney's Internet Tendency):POUND-ELIOT SESTINABY ALFRED CORNT.S. Eliot never wrote a sestina.I guess he was afraid of copying Pound;Or else doubted his metrical finesse. IfWe rate poets according to form, he blew.With Old Possum, it's like free verse all the way. Yet, except for "Sestina: Altaforte"And "Mauberly," form wasn't Ez's forte, Either, assuming that means the sestina, The villanelle, the sonnet. Yet there's a wayTo give the term a wider relevance. PoundOn the podium, rave, fume until you're blue In the face, but free verse is here to stay. IfThey want an audience—this is a huge "if"—Poets should know most readers under fortyLoathe rhyme and ta-dum, ta-dum, ta-dum. Joe BlowKnows zip about the sonnet or sestina. He buys Bukowski paperbacks by the pound. Would he groove on Gioia or Hacker? No way. "Little Miss Muffet, eating her curds and whey"— Form is all just Mother Goose to Joe B. IfAsked, he'd probably say he didn't like PoundOr Eliot so much, either. Meanwhile, for T.S.E. (whose friends called him Tsetse) "Sestina: Altaforte" may well have plotzed. Many blue-Bloods prefer jazz to "high culture." Kind of BlueIn their book's better than "Gerontion." WeighThe two. Secondhand emotion, says TinaTurner, is boring. So which is the real riff? Do you like your faves piano or forte? Is U.S. currency the dollar or pound?Both, from time to time, paid bills for Ezra Pound, Our poet-chameleon. Winds of change blewWhere they would, and he followed, "Altaforte"Is just one approach he took. I mean, it's wayToo hard for most bards to get down with. Me, ifI had to write villanelles and sestinasEvery week, I'd blow my brains out. SestinasRock, sure, but they're not my forte. Write as ifI were those guys? There must be another way.
Or, to put it simply:You're a poet and don't know it,But your feet show it.They're Longfellows.
It's not the length of your verse, but how Epic it isthat meters
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