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This board is a composition workshop, like a writers' workshop: post your work with questions about style or vocabulary, comment on other people's work, post composition challenges on some topic or form, or just dazzle us with your inventive use of galliambics.


I found this quote from The Yeoman of the Guard by W S Gilbert and felt to inspired to give it a fresh version. So here it is in in a pair of iambic trims

e)/cesti/ moi se paidiai=j frenou=n sofai=j
u(ma=j plana=n gelw=nti d' ou=n e)/cesti/ moi
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My first Elegaic Couplet

gh=j d / a0palh=j propa/roiqe pro\ d / ou0rano/qen poliou= te/
dendrw=n me\n korufa\j mikrh\ e)ou=sa q / o(rw=

It took several days to compose this. Even now I wonder if there is a metrical problem in the last hemiepe. I know hiatus is not allowed, but I am relying on the rule in Pharr 1173 to make it scan. Since I am trying to imitate an earlier rather than later poet, is this ...
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mu/qoi nhpi/oi

ti\ mh\ me me/lh| me/lainan maka/rh|si u(mi~n;

h(n me\n ku/knhn leukh\n teu~xe Qxaiko/bskioj, h(n de\ me/lainan te/.

o( me\n to\n ourano\n teu~xe, o( me\n to\n po/nton te/. o( me\n to\n le/onta teu~xe, o( de\ to\n ba/traxon te/. o( me\n to\n O(mh/ron teu~xe, o( de\ to\n O(mh/ron Si/myonta te/.

essi\ h(me/rh eremnota/th h(me/rwn xeimo/noj nuklia/rou.

pi/mplhmi ka/rh xeiraj te a)ta/llousa glukou~ filo/thtoj.

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De puero male morato

Here's another one... :)

de puero male morato

Quondam poeta senex erat, talis poeta antiqua et bona uirtute ut oportet. uespere aliquo, cum domo sedebat, tempestas foeda orsa est; imbro ruente poeta senex ad caminum, in quo ignis ardebat et mala torrebant, bona delectatione sedebat.

"miseris, qui fores in hac tempestate sunt, non uestes sicci futuri sunt", dixit, nam uere poeta bonus erat.

"o aperi! frigeo et ...
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Verse challenge: Paean on the new Sappho

In honor of the new Sappho (rather, newly pieced together Sappho).

Latin or Greek. Special points for using the meter of that poem. It's a hagesichorean expanded with two choriambs:

x -uu- -uu- -uu- u--

Sappho wrote in simple hagesichoreans, x-uu-u--, so that'd be fine, too. Just remember that though the meter is the same in all lines, the lines must come in pairs.
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Fabula de filia regia et cicere

Ok, I'll have a shot at this. It is a translation - any comments welcome: on grammar, word choice, style etc. Thanks :)

fabula de filia regia et cicere

Quondam filius regis erat; filiam regiam cupiebat, sed filiam regiam uere esse oportebat. tum in orbi terrarum universo peregrinationes sucepi, ut illam inuenisset. at ubique uitia habebant; cum filiae regiae superessent, filias regias uere fuisse non persuasus erat. ...
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An invective distich addressed to Alexander G Bell from Ambrose Bierce.

w) fi/le, sou= de kako/j kerdw=n do/loj a)/tta kaqai=rei
w(/j a(/ katei=kon e)kei= touj adi/kouj fle/donaj.
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Where eagles dare

As is so often the case, the idea behind the poem has been translated rather than each word in isolation.

saxo unguibus haerent;
ad solum incomitatae stant,
sudo circumiuntur axeque.

subter, marmora spumant;
ex altis speculantur, ast
nunc, fulmen similis, necant male.
per The Eagle: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Each stanza comprises a pherecretean, followed by a glyconic, followed by a glyconic increased by an iamb (which may or may not be a classically attested ...
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... fame in keen iambics...

Will's caveat in an earlier thread against getting stuck in an iambic or dactylic rut could be neatly balanced by this pair of translations of Catullus, the English by Sir William Marris , and the Greek by yours truly

At non effugies meos iambos

You shan’t evade
These rhymes I’ve made

e)mon g' i)ambon ou)damwj sbeseij

But I do agree with Will's sentiment, our metrical pencils should be shoved as far afield as ...
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Random Ideas: Ecphrasis and Blogging

Some thoughts on how to improve at composition.

Ecphrasis. While most of us probably do want to make verses of at least a little artistic merit, purely technical work is good practice. It occured to me a few days ago that ecphrasis - a verse description of some random thing, often a work of visual art originally - kills two birds with one stone. First, you'll learn a lot of vocabulary related to the subject ...
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