Our Aunty Prudence disrespects
those who aim to disestablish
ties of England's Church to State.
Her hot protests of angry Ire-
land in deaf ears of those men
who tarry not in grasping goals
whilst they aim at an arcane
31 Mar 05
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puns suggest.. jurisprudence v. "anti-prudence". there are others..
clever. brilliant. well
written and wonderful introduction
to a new style of poetry. i might have to try one
some day ... but not today ...
The form is novel, so far as I know. The appeal for me is the freedom to make a poem from -any word-, and make the verselet glib or sharp. Acrostic is another means by which to make a -versaword- .
A writer on another forum used acrostic format to frame her versaword. I've seen only two other internet poets make a versaword. The appeal is that the topic and justification for the poem are self-contained an inherently appealing to our sensings of humor and words in general. Thanks for the read, and for your stunningly kind compliment.
nice! quite cute
This is a pretty interesting form to work within. Maybe when I am more inspired I will try one of my own.
Reminds me of "The Merchant of Veneice" with the court room scene. When Portia says "tarry a little" to shylock and spoon feeds him shit. Good reading.
thanks, WS and Devin. Say. some folks may not pick up on some of the little inserts in this poem. The Church of England is Protestant. Aunty appears to be Irish.
"Jingo"; "jingoism" is again, a British-coined word: "A statesman or policy pursuant to aggressive, domineering policy in foreign affairs".. bent bit, because antidisestablishmentarianism is all about internal affairs between church, state and the heart. Of course, Aunty as an Irishperson considers England's Parliament to be -quite a jingo, itself- And it was.
I liked this. Very different.
thanks very much, Livingman! I appreciate your input even when it cannot be so happily tendered. thank you, indeed, for such constructive frankness.
line 6 - might want to say "in the deaf ears" rather than "on the deaf ears"
interesting type of poem. I've never heard of it before.
I only wish I had a bigger vocabulary to fully understand this :)
Coooooool. I love it! Protest of angry Ire
land. That is fucking killer. Good job.
gee, thanks! general reminder: most words can be versed quite easily. It is an arcane art? I think not! When we see an interesting but puzzling word, it is but a minute's work to google up that word's definition and origin. "define antidisestablishmentarianism" is what I'd put into the search bar. Or "define xxxx" for any word needed. Many returns, many joys are found in words of all kinds. Twist 'em up, wring them out for juices. What drier word was there to work from than this one? Yet it was -easy- and fun to make. thanks, tm, thanks hp, ll, bf, imb, ws, jdh. Thanks -most of all- to abc and xyz for endless ideas leading toward whimsical fun
Thanks-be to the random poem link!!
I understand the need to highlight, but would have liked to have seen it done a little less obviously - definitely omit the word from the end. Other wise the idea is first class and very refreshing. Posted early 05? - I am really surprised I haven't seen more in this style. I would have thought it would easily catch on - real nice.
fucking brilliant work, form, content.
have no idea what you're trying to convey
it's actually pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconeiosis.
oh, thanks unknown, now I understand
you ass, flaminhot, i was responding to the poem, not your comment.
Oh sorry, Now I'm doubly confused.
flaminhot, the underscores spell out the subject word.
The contexting of the verse defines that subject word.
It's the longest word in the English language (excluding manufactured scientific names, which are not words in the usual sense)
And all this is packed in a cracked nutshell.
thanks and cheers to readers/writers having/making fun with poetry.
That is too funny. Did you do this based on the Favorite Word thread?
Oh, this was way before that fav word thread. Good for you, creativity at it's brightest and wittiest!
Disestablishment and antidisestablishmentarianism
"Disestablishment" means the ending of established status. In the nineteenth century, the Free (or "Nonconformist") Churches, that is the non-Anglican Protestant churches in England, often sought the disestablishment of the Church of England. In the twentieth century, however, they have in many cases had second thoughts. With the rise of ecumenism on the one hand, and the decline of the influence of the churches in general on the other, many non-Anglican Christians feel that the Establishment gives the Churches in general a certain assistance in society. Perhaps even more interestingly, some non-Christian religious leaders have also chosen a position of antidisestablishmentarianism, considering that disestablishment would advance secularism rather than religious pluralism. Thus, although the increasing religious pluralism of Britain is often advanced as an argument for disestablishment, it tends to be advanced by secularists.
However, these are recent developments. In Ireland, the (Anglican) Church of Ireland was established but was clearly a minority church, and as a result was disestablished in 1871 (Act passed 1869). The Church of England included Wales, but in Wales Anglicanism had been overtaken by the Free Churches, and so in Wales the Church of England was disestablished in 1920 (Act passed 1914, but implementation was delayed by the First World War). This required the separation of the Welsh dioceses as a separate "Church in Wales". Thus, in England the Church of England is established; in Scotland the Church of Scotland is established, and in Wales and Northern Ireland there is no established church.
Note on "antidisestablishmentarianism": although there are longer words in dictionaries, "antidisestablishmentarianism" is probably the longest English word which is actually used seriously (with the possible exception of some chemical names). Copyright © 2000 Bruce Bennett
Awesome poem. I use the word jingoism frequently. 8/10 It flowed well.