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  • #46
    Try - 'increase'

    (I figured you'd all shoot me if I went for something like 'preturnatural') :lol:

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Grey Mouser
      Try - 'increase'

      (I figured you'd all shoot me if I went for something like 'preturnatural') :lol:
      :lol:

      Actually, if that's the kind of word you want, you should use it. I can handle it, as
      long as we specify that we don't need more than 2 or 3 syllables to rhyme.

      However, I'll assume your "true" (and sensible) choice is "increase."

      Mikey_C's turn.

      LSN

      a - age
      b - shame
      b - game
      a - Mikey_C #2
      a - HawkLord #2
      b - Grey Mouser #2
      b - LSN #3
      a - Mikey_C#3

      c - time
      d - increase
      e - HawkLord#3
      c - Grey Mouser#3
      d - surcease
      e - Mikey_C#4

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      • #48
        a - age
        b - shame
        b - game
        a - stage :)
        a - HawkLord #2
        b - Grey Mouser #2
        b - LSN #3
        a - Mikey_C#3

        c - time
        d - increase
        e - HawkLord#3
        c - Grey Mouser#3
        d - surcease
        e - Mikey_C#4

        Next, please!
        \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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        • #49
          We're half-way there on the rhymes.

          By the way, if any of you feel the urge to write more than one sonnet using these
          end-rhymes, feel free. I'll probably write 2. I've already got a set of divergent ideas
          based upon the words we've so far contributed. (Words trigger my imagination,
          more or less.)

          If we got enough contributions, we could theoretically put together an MWM online
          "magazine" of not-especially-serious verse.

          Some art work from PWV and Dee would be a helpful addition to such a
          fin de siأ¨cle-seeming enterprise. :twisted: We shouldn't expect such contributions,
          of course -- they're extremely unlikely. We'd need to create a new "creative"
          category if such was our goal.

          LSN

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          • #50
            a - age
            b - shame
            b - game
            a - stage
            a - page
            b - Grey Mouser #2
            b - LSN #3
            a - Mikey_C#3

            c - time
            d - increase
            e - HawkLord#3
            c - Grey Mouser#3
            d - surcease
            e - Mikey_C#4

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            • #51
              Homestretch time. Because neither of the Mouser's next 2 choices
              depend on the choices of others, he should go ahead and fill in both
              his choices #2 and #3 below. Similarly, Mikey_C can proceed with his
              choice #3 below, the last a-rhyme. HawkLord can go ahead with his
              choice #3 (the first e-rhyme), too.

              My remaining choice, and Mikey_C's choice #4 (the last e-rhyme) still
              need to wait.

              So feel free to fill in what you can, gentlemen.

              LSN

              a - age
              b - shame
              b - game
              a - stage
              a - page
              b - Grey Mouser #2
              b - LSN #3
              a - Mikey_C#3

              c - time
              d - increase
              e - HawkLord#3
              c - Grey Mouser#3
              d - surcease
              e - Mikey_C#4

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              • #52
                a - age
                b - shame
                b - game
                a - stage
                a - page
                b - Grey Mouser #2
                b - LSN #3
                a - Mikey_C#3

                c - time
                d - increase
                e - street
                c - Grey Mouser#3
                d - surcease
                e - Mikey_C#4

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                • #53
                  Apologies for my absence yesterday. That's my last two in the mix now...

                  a - age
                  b - shame
                  b - game
                  a - stage
                  a - page
                  b - blame *
                  b - LSN #3
                  a - Mikey_C#3

                  c - time
                  d - increase
                  e - street
                  c - clime *
                  d - surcease
                  e - Mikey_C#4

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Grey Mouser
                    Apologies for my absence yesterday.
                    No big deal. I've been looking in MWM only sporadically for the last
                    week. Not much time these days except for a quick look.

                    Originally posted by Grey Mouser
                    That's my last two in the mix now...
                    Last 2 by Mikey_C and we're ready to start. Others not involved in
                    the word selection can join in and contribute, too, of course.

                    LSN

                    a - age
                    b - shame
                    b - game
                    a - stage
                    a - page
                    b - blame
                    b - inflame
                    a - Mikey_C#3

                    c - time
                    d - increase
                    e - street
                    c - clime
                    d - surcease
                    e - Mikey_C#4

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                    • #55
                      a - age
                      b - shame
                      b - game
                      a - stage
                      a - page
                      b - blame
                      b - inflame
                      a - cage

                      c - time
                      d - increase
                      e - street
                      c - clime
                      d - surcease
                      e - fleet

                      Let's roll!!!!!! :)
                      \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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                      • #56
                        Ok looks like I'm first on the firing line. I've got my disguise kit ready so I can go undercover if it all goes horribly wrong. :oops: It's a bit didactic and unwieldy perhaps. Its called Crappy Poem. :roll:

                        Crappy Poem (or A Poem About Crap.)

                        To some it seems we’re living in an age
                        Of moral accidie and ethic shame;
                        Perhaps, to others, some post-modern game,
                        A masquerade upon a gilded stage.

                        What verdict then when time turns back the page?
                        Will future judgement seek to portion blame?
                        What most our children’s children will inflame
                        If grandsire freedoms fashion them a cage?

                        Shall we allow the motif of our time
                        To be the waste from industries’ increase,
                        The junk which soon must clutter every street,
                        The effluence which taints our worldly clime?
                        Or shall we strive to bring a swift surcease
                        To all this waste before our chances fleet?


                        Does anyone remember when Baldric wrote a war poem in the WW1 Blackadder series on TV?

                        Baldrick: Can I do my war poem?

                        Edmund: How hurt would you be if I gave the honest answer, which is "No, I'd rather French-kiss a skunk"?

                        Baldrick: So would I, sir!

                        Edmund: All right. Fire away, Baldrick.

                        Baldrick: "Hear the words I sing / War's a horrid thing / So I sing sing
                        sing / ding-a-ling-a-ling."

                        George: (applauding) Oh, bravo, yes!

                        Edmund: Yes. Well, it started badly, it tailed off a little in the middle,
                        and the less said about the end, the better. But, apart than that,
                        excellent.
                        I guess what I'm getting at is the Baldric version of my own poem runs like this: "Hear the words I sing / Waste's a horrid thing / So I sing sing sing / ding-a-ling-a-ling."

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                        • #57
                          Interesting verses, Mouser. For all your disclaimers, you handled
                          it pretty well. The sonnet form is tricky enough to test one's
                          ingenuity.

                          LSN

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                          • #58
                            Thanks Mr Newberg. I might temporarily lay aside my disguise kit for the time being then. You're right about it being tricky, smoke was pouring out of my ears trying to use this sonnet form, especially with pre-defined end rhymes. Excellent practice though. Looking forward to everyone elses' now. :P

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Grey Mouser
                              Thanks Mr Newberg. I might temporarily lay aside my disguise kit for the time being then. You're right about it being tricky, smoke was pouring out of my ears trying to use this sonnet form, especially with pre-defined end rhymes. Excellent practice though. Looking forward to everyone elses' now. :P
                              I've got one done, and I'm letting it sit for a while as I work on a second one.
                              I like to subject it to reconsideration when the work has gone cold, then maybe
                              tinker with it slightly.

                              The pre-defined end rhymes are part of the challenge, certainly. It's sort of like
                              a verbal Rorschach: what pattern do you see in the words? Silly jokes associated
                              with this sort of thing come to mind.

                              If you want to try a second one, try taking one of the end-rhymes and
                              use an alternative interpretation. For example, "age" can be a period, or
                              it can refer to a person's degree of decrepitude due to the march of chronology.
                              Changing the interpretation can produce a whole new set of verses.

                              I've found that another approach is to pick something you want to write about
                              and to make it fit to the form. This can work sometimes, but it can be
                              trickier still.

                              By the way, LSN will do for a sobriquet. "L_Stearns_Newburg" is a personal joke
                              and just a screen name. :lol: I have professional reasons why I don't want to use my
                              real name. Carter Kaplan is more daring in this than me. I don't want the headache.


                              LSN

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                              • #60
                                Here goes then:

                                In the God-forgotten torrents of this age
                                No sin is as unfashionable as shame;
                                Morality’s an old, exhausted game
                                As we writhe naked on the public stage,
                                Our lusts spread out across the sprawling page.
                                There is no cause or basis now for blame;
                                We have a solemn duty to inflame
                                Those passions once cramped in their hidden cage.
                                Old libertines have waited for this time;
                                Their sybaritic credo seeks increase,
                                Exhorting us to “do it in the street�,
                                With no respect for polity or clime.
                                But can this sea just rise without surcease
                                And all be swept away by tides so fleet?


                                Great fun - compulsive. I can't guarantee a second one just yet as I should really be turning my attention to studying for my degree course!
                                \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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