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Thread #59418   Message #3788023
Posted By: Rapparee
30-Apr-16 - 10:12 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I've had a copy of "Pegasus Descending" since it was published. Bad literature is a hobby of mine. I also have Amos' book and some others.

There is something to be said for William Wordsworth. Here is the first version of one of his well-known poems:

I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o'er Vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: --
A poet could not but be gay
In such a laughing company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.

The scansion is okay, but barely. The rhyming, however...well.... Of course, the use of tetrameter goes back to the Anglo-Saxon poets, however, they did not write in iambs and did (usually) have a caesura in the middle. Ah, well, for a bit of ribbon he left us....