February 29th, 2008


My random thoughts of the day

  • 01:07 If you have the chance to see the movie Jumper, don't. Definitely, Maybe was good, though. Isla Fisher is hot. Abigail Breslin is awesome.
  • 03:00 I really should sleep
  • 11:40 What the hell have I been listening to that last.fm is recommending Randy Newman?
  • 18:06 The word "anapest" is autological!
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There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

I've been meaning to go and see this at the Astor for about the last 11 years, and this time for sure.

Kenneth Branagh's four-hour, full-text screen adaption of Hamlet is showing at The Astor, this Thursday, March 6, at 7:15 pm.

I should have a car, so I can drive people home afterwards, as long as they live somewhere sensible, but the earlier start time should mean PT is still available anyway.

So, who's up for it?

Day 10: a third of the way there

The first two stanzas of my latest poem were written in trochaic tetrameter, with the final syllable of each stanza dropped for "masculine" emphasis.

When I originally began writing the third stanza I unconsciously continued to write in a trochaic pattern. Which just goes to show you that, far from being the stifling constraint that some would have you believe, the stress pattern of the trochaic and iambic meters really do conform to the natural patterns of English speech, with the stress undulating up and down from syllable to syllable.

This is the primary reason why iambic pentameter has been so dominant in English literature for so many years - because it sounds like a kind of formalised version of natural speech.