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He watched the old men gather in the yards,
reflecting on their misbegotten youth
as they hunched over checkers and their cards;
and pondered how aesthetics and the truth
were once pursuits left only to the gods
turned out for trade and trickery in sooth.
That knowledge culled and ransomed in their prime
would only serve their memories with time.
December Form Challenge, 2012 :iconkiwi-damnation::iconprojectdfc:


Ottava rima rhymes abababcc, and numerous medieval and
Renaissance Italian poems were composed in this stanza
pattern. Notable are the long narratives of Bocaccio, such as
the Filostrato, the source for Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.
It is traditionally done in iambic pentameter. Yeats also used it, which is why it intrigues me.

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MrWootton Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I feel very "meh" about the last two lines, but I like everything else
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Writer
I am not happy with them, either. Doing this challenge is working my brains to putty...
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Writer
=P

Who was it said, "a poem is never done, simply abandoned" or something to that effect?
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Oilux Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
Hello! You're wonderful literature has been featured on my Sunday Selects!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate that.
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You're very welcome.
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Great piece of work :) i really like it
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate that.
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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TomatoFairyGodmother Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't like it. I LOVE it. XD

Keep up the good work! XD
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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Rosary0fSighs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Very well done :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This says so much in so few words. Enjoying the info about different poetry forms to B. Fascinating :D
:heart: Elle
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am learning a lot. I had no idea there were so many traditional forms. Doing this is good discipline.
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aldwarke Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I think I may have tried to send this before and forgot to press the send button.
A fascinating structure and example of it. I am being educated.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks. There are a few forms on the list I do not care for (sestinas for one)...and one or two that are so obscure I cannot find examples. I am enjoying doing it.
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TheDorsai Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this poem but even knowing that sooth means truth, I'm not sure I understand the meaning of "turned out for trade and trickery in sooth" ?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Writer
That the truth of the matter is the fact it is questionable at best.
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avfc4me Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Nuthin' better than stories of mischief and mayhem told with relish and a little longing over a game of checkers and some 7-11 coffee...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Exactly! Thanks as always for your incredible support of my work!
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avfc4me Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Bah. We all know, you're the OTHER best fucking poet on this site. It'd be impossible to NOT read your work and jump up and down with the sheer joy of finding these ideas all spilled out like glitter and blue paint and magic!
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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Thanks very much!
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ThomasInTheClouds Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
It's simplicity delivers an astronomical message, something that Yeats himself was very gifted at. I also love the uniqueness of the subject. Very nice!
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Thanks. His work inspires me.
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Very nice!:clap:
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Thanks! I am glad you like it.
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Most welcome!
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Really, really nice.
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That means a lot - thanks.
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My pleasure.
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...Very nicely done! (That'll probably be my lot in a couple of years, lol)
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*Laughs* Many thanks!
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Amazing:clap:
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Thanks - I greatly appreciate it.
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You're very welcome:heart:
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Wow, this is amazing! Another great poem by the master!
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You are far too kind. Thanks very much.
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You're very welcome! I am awesome, aren't I?! Oh, by the way, I visited your website and I have to say, I was impressed!
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alapip Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow! you're really good at this... :O
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Writer
That is a very nice compliment. Many thanks for that.
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alapip Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
how do you know i didn't lie?

i didn't! :O
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fantastic and captivating! very evocative and thought-provoking. You, sir, have a great talent! :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Very nice words - thanks very much!
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you're more than welcome :)
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Wonderful!:worship:
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Thanks, love - I am glad you like it.
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:)
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