comedic poetry

10 Things That I have Learned at High School (as a current Junior)

(1) People will do stupid things, for absolutely no fucking reason.

(2) Due date = Do dates.

(3) There are 3 things guaranteed in life - Death, taxes, and cramming for a test before the period starts will most likely not be good.

(4) Teens are assholes

(5) Never try to explain Tumblr to your teachers

(6) If your teacher happens to already know about Tumblr, you have found yourself a new friend.

(7) MEMES

(8) The Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

(9) You have gum? Hide that shit, people will steal it from you, it is worth more than any amount of money in the world.

(10) Although school sucks, High school is only 4 years, it’s time to enjoy it

this is a bit of a resubmit because it’s been a looooong time since the last one and im fishing for new friends!

name: Real name is Hilmir but y’all can call me HH, hraugur, sadface, dubble, hiccup, the nicknames are endless and go on forever!

age: 19! :0

gender: cis male

location: the capital of Iceland! 

orientation: Sex repulsed Ace/Heteroromantic

what i’m looking for: pals! i’ve tried doing the old romance thing over the internet and, while it’s nice and all, it’s eventually so frustrating to not get to meet the person that i’ve given up on it :{

some stuff about moi: i like drawing, playing video games (a lot), cracking stupid jokes, writing dumb, comedic poetry, musing about various things and making comics. i’m pretty open to socializing and i like making friends so TALK TO ME CHUMS.

Fair warning: i have the attention span of a housefly on various different hallucinogenics so please forgive me if i space out on replying a couple times and feel free to send me another ask as a reminder! it’s not being rude at all and I appreciate it enormously! <3 :}

contact stuff: my tumblr is http://hraugur.tumblr.com/ and you can ask me for my skype or steam on there :}

(i can’t tag this as iceland but i live in iceland ok cool)

anonymous asked:

And again, amazing, in the space of a couple of minutes, you do what I wouldn't be able to so if I focused a couple of hours on it. Word rhythm always escapes me, but still, damn awesome

Word rhythm can be a bit tricky to get, but it genuinely does come with practice. The best way to learn it is to familiarise yourself with the various meters (eg iambic, dactylic, trochaic, spondaic, pyrrhic, anapestic, amphibrachic - also, I am so glad I remember those) and to read aloud in them.

For example, the phrase ‘from Zeus and Ganymede, the Grecians learnt’ is in iambic pentameter. To read it aloud, you find that you naturally stress the syllables as follows: ‘from ZEUS and GANymede the GREcians LEARNT’. (Note that there’s only one stressed syllable in ‘Ganymede’ - you will discover why later! How exciting.)

Another example, this time of dactylic meter, would be ‘but from pillar to post and from lesser to most’ - when you read it aloud, you naturally stress it as follows: ‘but from PILLar to POST and from LESSer to MOST’ - you don’t need to focus on getting the dactylic tetrameter down, it’s just how you would instantly say it.

Over time, as you get used to reading it aloud and hearing how the various meters sound, you become able to spot it when you hear it, and you eventually learn to write in it. 

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A metered poem is made up of various feet (detailed below) structured to form a particular rhythm.

In // parentheses here are the various ‘feet’, ie groups of syllables which form a meter when used repetitively:

Iambic - unstressed-stressed - eg /to LEARN/ /the WAYS/ /of WOM/en ONE/ /must ASK/*

Dactylic - stressed-unstressed-unstressed - eg /I did not/ /ASK because/ /I did not/ /SEE her there

Trochaic - stressed-unstressed - eg /SHE had/ /TOLD him/ /NOT to/ /BOTHer/

Anapestic - unstressed-unstressed-stressed - eg /I must GO/ /to the PAR/ty alONE/**

Amphibrachic - unstressed-stressed-unstressed - eg /on ONE ap/ril MORNing/ /I SAW her/ /withOUT him/***

Spondaic - stressed-stressed - eg running alone amongst the /HEMLOCKS/(a spondee is generally used alone, at the end of a line or verse)

Pyrrhic - unstressed-unstressed - eg /when the/ DAWN COMES

As you can tell, pyrrhic and spondaic feet are frequently used together**** - when the dawn comes is formed first of a pyrrhic foot and then a spondee; two unstressed syllables followed by two stressed syllables.

They are often interchanged in place of other feet, such as iambic and trochaic, as they don’t detract from the rhythm and flow of the line. For example, the line with these people and these monsters is in trochaic meter, but can be broken down like this: /WITH these/ /PEOple/ /and these/ /MONsters/. You don’t naturally stress the word ‘and’ in this instance, and so the third foot - and these - is pyrrhic.

Going back to the very first example - /from ZEUS/ /and GAN/ymede/ /the GRE/cians LEARNT/ - you can see that if we break it down, it consists of two iambs, then a pyrrhic, then two more iambs. This is pretty standard practice. Even Shakespeare did it. Willy Shakes always wrote in iambic pentameter, including the play Romeo and Juliet. The line from the aforementioned play, ‘ah, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!’, is in iambic pentameter, but contains a pyrrhic - /ah SHE/ /doth TEACH/ /the TORCH/es to/ /burn BRIGHT/.

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Now, the part that makes the meter is all down to the number of feet you use. 

Briefly, here are the basic meters:

One foot - monometer
Two feet - dimeter
Three feet - trimeter
Four feet - tetrameter
Five feet - pentameter
Six feet - hexameter
Seven feet - heptameter
Eight feet - octameter

So, for example, the line /to run free/ /and to live/ /on your own/ /is to be/ is in anapestic tetrameter - there are four anapestic feet, or anapests. The line /to choose/ /to live/ /is not/ /to choose/ /to die/ is in iambic pentameter; it consists of five iambic feet, or iambs

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This is not an exhaustive study of feet and meter in any sense, but I have to go to bed now because employment. Hopefully some of it may be clearer for you now! 

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now I'm hungry.

The cacophony of senses, the delights to the eyes, the tip of a tongue, the breath in disguise, it’s another evening inside this lonely house. But the night is still fierce, and in all of these years, I’ve found a comfort to be contained, finally the sauce is warm and the pasta’s drained. The bread has been buttered and the napkins set, everything made ready, and yet, something has yet to make itself known tonight – bring on the wine.

prompt submitted by gabekarl – thanks dear! <3

 gabekarl replied to your postHoly hell the brain is not cooperative tonight:

do a prose poem about food …..

Double Dactyls

The Double Dactyl is a comedic poetry form invented by the American poets Anthony Hecht and John Hollander in 1966.

The poem consists of one sentence containing forty-four syllables that are distributed over eight lines and fall into two four-line stanzas. The first three lines of each stanza are dactylic dimeter; the last one is a choriamb. The two stanzas end with a masculine rhyme on the last syllable of the choriamb. The final feature of the form is found in line six of the poem: a single, six-syllable word which is a double-dactyl.

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Higgledy Piggledy
Oedipus Tyrannus
Murdered his father
And knocked up his mum.

Question his fitness as
Paterfamilias;
Son-wise, he’s probably
Better than some.

  —

Higgledy Piggledy
Allan S.  Konigsberg
Knew that he wouldn’t
Go far with that name.

Made the decision to
Pseudonymous-ify:
Called himself Woody,
And promptly found fame.

  —

Higgledy Piggledy
Christopher Isherwood
Quickly ditched Corpus
With Berlin in mind.

Wrote of his life in his
Autobiographies,
Loved for his funny
As well as his Kind.

  —

Higgledy Piggledy
Brideshead Revisited:
Nostalgic adventures
Of Ryder and Flyte

Awestruck Oxonians,
Transgenerationally,
Can’t help but emulate,
Try as they might.

  —

Higgledy Piggledy
Oscar Pistorius
Slaughtered his girlfriend
In cold-blooded rage.

(Nothing too funny here,
Uxoricidally,
Just that his name
Scans quite well on the page).

  —

Higgledy Piggledy
Jesus of Nazareth
Born on a solstice
The prophecised son (/sun)

Sceptics will tell you that,
Astrologistically,
This is convenient
In more ways than one.

Yaseen Kader

I’ve been at Berlin from Monday to Friday and on Monday evening we visited the “Lesedüne” (five authors from Berlin holding a comedic poetry slam? idk?)

And there was this one author who read a text called “football” and it featured that dialogue:

“Why should I watch all the Euro 2016 games - especially the unimportant ones like Iceland vs. Australia?”

“Australia isn’t in Europe”

“Yeah, but Australia competes in the Eurovision Song Contest, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they appear at the Euros, too”

name: Real name is Hilmir but y’all can call me HH, hraugur, sadface, dubble, hiccup, the nicknames are endless and go on forever!

age: 18! :0

gender: cis male

location: the capital of Iceland! 

orientation: Ace/Heteroromantic

what i’m looking for: pals! i’ve tried doing the old romance thing over the internet and, while it’s nice and all, it’s eventually so frustrating to not get to meet the person that i’ve given up on it :{

some stuff about moi: i like drawing, playing video games (a lot), cracking stupid jokes, writing dumb, comedic poetry, musing about various things and making comics. i’m pretty open to socializing and i like making friends so TALK TO ME CHUMS.

contact stuff: my tumblr is http://hraugur.tumblr.com/ and you can ask me for my skype or steam on there :}