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The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: ns (202.88.172.---)
Date: January 17, 2005 02:03AM

The Fascination Of What's Difficult
William Butler Yeats

The fascination of what's difficult
Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent
Spontaneous joy and natural content
Out of my heart. There's something ails our colt
That must, as if it had not holy blood
Nor on Olympus leaped from cloud to cloud,
Shiver under the lash, strain, sweat and jolt
As though it dragged road-metal. My curse on plays
That have to be set up in fifty ways,
On the day's war with every knave and dolt,
Theatre business, management of men.
I swear before the dawn comes round again
I'll find the stable and pull out the bolt.

And yet Yeats, like the rest of us, was fascinated with the difficult as well.



Post Edited (01-17-05 02:08)


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: Marty (---.247.72.102.up.mi.chartermi.net)
Date: January 17, 2005 11:02AM

The fascination of what's difficult
Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent
Spontaneous joy and natural content
Out of my heart.

This is sort of how I feel about the idea of "scanning" a poem. Although it probably serves good purpose in a classroom setting when studying poetry, particularly older works, I wonder the merit of doing so when looking at poetry for leisure/entertainment. Are there any poets out there today who adhere to the discipline of structure displayed years ago? It seems to me that metered poetry is a thing of the past.

Marty


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-05rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: January 17, 2005 11:37AM

Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent
Spontaneous joy and natural content

Obviously Yeats was unaware that the adjective is pronounced conTENT and the noun CONtent. No wonder poets have abandoned metered works.

Kidding. Just kidding, WB.


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: January 17, 2005 04:50PM

I see a JOKE in the fact that Yeats chose to express his exasperaton with "what's difficult" by writing a rhymed sonnet.


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: ns (202.88.172.---)
Date: January 18, 2005 01:16AM

Kidding. Just kidding, WB.

Earth shook. He turned.

(Brachylogia. My latest obsession - rhetorical devices.)



Post Edited (01-18-05 00:26)


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: Just Jack (12.46.184.---)
Date: January 18, 2005 03:35AM

Hugh-

You never know. He may have been talking about his natural CONtent.


Jack


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: January 18, 2005 10:41AM

Brachylogia

Oh, brevity. For a second there I thought you meant borborygmus.

rhetorical devices ...

Good subject - what is this one?:

Rhetorical de-freaking-vices.


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: January 18, 2005 01:08PM

If he'd really been annoyed, he'd have written a villanelle.

pam


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: January 18, 2005 01:43PM

Abso-effing-tively !


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: ns (---.bng.vsnl.net.in)
Date: January 19, 2005 12:34AM


For a second there I thought you meant borborygmus.

smiling smiley You know - to my eastern ears, some of the terms sound just like that. I CANnot pronounce this word from memory: aposiopesis. If i look at it, and read syllable by syllable, slowly, I get it. Then, I try without looking and I go : Ap so so pia.

Rhetorical de-freaking-vices.

Hugh, Hugh, that phrase had and has hyperbaton/anastrophe.

(I got two in that one. )(Three if you count alliteration.) (Four if you count assonance.)

Inference - the more rhetorical devices used, the more it corny sounds.
Anaphora
(Haaalp - En-already-ough)


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh16rt-04rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: January 19, 2005 01:49PM

Yeah, I enjoy obscure terms as well.

In writing my graduate thesis
On chiasmus, plus other caprices
And rhetorical tropes,
I failed like the dopes
For mentioning t-freaking-mesis.


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: ns (---.bng.vsnl.net.in)
Date: January 20, 2005 11:32PM

Ah tmesis! Did not know of that one.


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: drpeternsz (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: January 21, 2005 07:50PM

was that KIDding or kidDING?


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: January 22, 2005 12:57AM

Margot Kidder and Captain Kidd
loved each other but hit a skid
so Captain Kidd and Margot Kidder
sold that skid to the highest bidder


Re: The Fascination Of What's Difficult
Posted by: Steven Waling (195.8.166.---)
Date: January 26, 2005 07:04AM

I disagree. I think he knew what he was doing; natural CONtent and natural conTENT in one




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