March 1, 2022

MAR 1, palinku (poetic novelty): lust indulged, lust deferred

verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...

  In this post, we continue with a novel form of poetic wordplay. Inspired by Japanese haiku poetry, this new form is used for a terse verse with a total of 17 syllables displayed on three lines. Unlike its classic Japanese analogue, this concoction does not mandate the precise distribution of the syllables among the three lines, but does stipulate that each word in the poem be included in a palindromic phrase or sentence in English (i.e. one that can be read either forwards or backwards). Some of the  palindromes exploited here are found in the classic repertoire of such wordplay, part are variants on these classics, and a part derive entirely from the distorted mental processes of the authors. 

  To help the reader discern the origin of the lyrics, each palindrome (generally occupying one of the three lines of the poem) has been color-coded. 


Further poetic discussion of Dennis's sins can be found HERE


 (Ed. note:) Verses of this type have continued to accumulate. You can view them all at one swoop if you  proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

links for any date: scroll over to the calendar-based listings of 'Past Posts' in the righthand column on this page, choose your month of interest, and then select (by clicking) the post of your choice. To see all the posts for February, for example, click on the name of the month, and they will miraculously pop up for you, in reverse chronological order.

Incidental Photo:

Dr. JJ starting out as a lecturer, 1948

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