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Iambic pentameter thread (it's rooted in the Shakespeare thread, he said)

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Can any kind of cat be in the box?




Your answers must be in the proper form.

I mean the proper meter. Call me Norm.

No, don't. My name is William. Call me Bill.

I'm feminine and really rather silly.

So call me Bill. But never call me Billy.
 

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Only two kinds of cat can be enboxed.

Live cat's preferred but dead is allowed,

for either satisfies our protocol.
 
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And if you'd rather you can call me Jill.

This thread's about the sound, about technique.

And about Stratford, and, of course, a Will.
 

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One does not any cat embox, y'know.
They choose their own emboxment, if at all.
So when, at play, the cardboard overturns.
A cat may choose to loiter to imply
A situation planned out long before
'til some unwary foot should wander close
Then that soft prey will feel the feline wrath
Of Mighty Paws.
 

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One does not any cat embox, y'know.
They choose their own emboxment, if at all.
So when, at play, the cardboard overturns.
A cat may choose to loiter to imply
A situation planned out long before
'til some unwary foot should wander close
Then that soft prey will feel the feline wrath
Of Mighty Paws.

Spike-Speare!

What I really like is that you ended it with a typically Shakespearian enjambment, and you get two extra points for capitalising the formidable Mighty Paws.

But please all, feel free to ignore this thread. I was in a manic fervor last night.

There will probably be a lot of weirdity coming from me in upcoming days.
 

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"Da dum da dum da dum da dum da dum." This is how I stop compulsively counting in my head while doing countable things that don't actually need counting. That's all I have for iambic pentameter.
 

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Only two kinds of cat can be enboxed.

Live cat's preferred but dead is allowed.

Our protocol is satisfied whichever.

Your middle line is muddled. Spain it, Lucy.


You're right. That's unclear. Thanks for the heads up.


When we open the box, the wave function collapses to reveal that the cat is either dead or alive. We'd rather have it alive, because then it can purr enjoy tuna and stuff. But the uncertainty principle is illustrated either way, regardless of whether the cat is dead or alive.

The question is what kind of cat can be in the box.

The answer is two kinds: alive and dead. But we'd rather have the live one.

Line two: Live cat's preferred but dead is allowed.

It would be clearer this way, "A live cat is preferred, but a dead cat is allowed.

But that wouldn't be iambic pentameter.

WAB's solution is perfect: "We want the cat alive, but dead's okay."

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My freshman English teacher taught us how
To scan the lines of poems and odes and such.
The lines of sonnets always scan he said
As iambs, nothing else would do for them.
So then he gave to test us an exam
In scanning poems of famous scribes of yore:
“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
“I summon up remembrance of things past.
“I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought
“And with old woes new wail my dear times waste.”
To blow the minds of freshman was his love.
He’s damned to hell forever; may he rot!

(I'm sorry but line number four is rough)
 
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