Apr. 17th, 2009

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I'm home sick today, courtesy of the Cough of Doom. I've been taking it quiet, and napping, and good stuff like that.

And, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] cnoocy and [livejournal.com profile] jadelennox and [livejournal.com profile] bookishfellow, I've been reminded: Blank Verse Blog Week starts on Sunday!

My first description of it, from 2003, is still the best I've come up with, so here it is yet again.

Behold the date: of April, twenty-third.
A day renowned in literary life --
Or literary death, I might have said.
For Shakespeare, glorious Bard of Avon's shore;
And Wordsworth, poet of a later age;
Cervantes too, the master-wit of Spain --
All on this day in April met their ends.
The Spanish call it "Books and Lovers Day,"
On which the maids and men, in pleasant sport,
Exchange both books and roses with their friends
(Or lovers, as the holiday declares) --
A practice much worth following, I think.

But we, we scribblers of the wired age,
What can we do to honor poets past?
[livejournal.com profile] jadelennox, also [livejournal.com profile] cnoocy have declared:
Let's write our blogs in blank verse for a week!
The week containing April twenty-third,
To honor Shakespeare's life and works of art,
Let all your blogs be writ in iambs five
(Per line, that is). You needn't write in rhyme,
For blank verse needs no corresponding sounds --
'Tis meter only makes it what it is.
A FAQ is here if details you need more.
Please spread the word throughout livejournal's land!

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