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18th Sep 2021, 6:00 AM in Magical Mystery Cure
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Newbiespud 18th Sep 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
Pinkie Pie has, on more than one occasion now, led me down a rabbit hole into the slightly insane world of stressed and un-stressed syllables.

"From one to another, another to one.
A mark of one's destiny singled out alone, fulfilled."

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Digo 18th Sep 2021, 6:38 AM edit delete reply

Learning about new stuff when you go researching things for your story/comic is one of the more fun parts of the work. I remember back when I wrote that wild western Trixie fanfic learning about old western slang that was rather neat. I even started using them for a little bit in actual conversations just to get practice on using them right. I've forgotten most of that, but a few stick with me. Seeing that I want to take the setting of that old fanfic and rewrite an actual novel with it, I been going back to the old links to get the materials again. Problem is my motivation to get back into the writing process. I've been slower than molasses in January.
Colin 18th Sep 2021, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Ah see what ya did thar.
Darkside 18th Sep 2021, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
I appreciate that it was actually referred to as a deerstalker, and not a "Sherlock hat," as some would.

It also got me thinking of my dad's hat collection, which does include a deerstalker.
Borg 18th Sep 2021, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
I have always relied upon the mnemonic that "anapest" is a dactyl.

The mnemonic that "dactyl," which of course means "finger," describes a foot that looks like your finger is clearly inferior.

Also, always remember that if anyone speaking English (or any other stress-timed language) says anything about spondees, they're just being pretentious; there's no logical reason to ever claim the existence of a foot that doesn't have exactly one stressed syllable in a stress-timed language.
Apparently Pretentious 18th Sep 2021, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
While, I don’t actually agree with anything you said beyond the way to remember what an anapest is, I did just get to read a delightful scholarly article on the topic I found on JSTOR, so thanks for brightening my day with learning!
Happybalor 18th Sep 2021, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
"Look, I spent decades figuring out how to tell the laws of physics to sit down and shut up. I didn't have time to ALSO get a degree in the humanities. I'm not some dabbler like a BARD." - Ye Olde Wizzarde
zimmerwald1915 18th Sep 2021, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Well, gee, you should have taken your first level in something easier, like bard or rogue. I mean, if you'd started as a bard, you could have cruised through a few weeks of Bard Camp to get your first level, and then picked up the wizard class later.
The Old One 19th Sep 2021, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Bard camp did have the best parties.....
Winged Cat 18th Sep 2021, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Pinkie is quite correct here: sometimes it takes formal analysis to show there is no formal pattern worth following.
Star_Sabre 18th Sep 2021, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Absolutely, especially for someone like Twilight who I imagine absolutely wants to know if there's a pattern she's supposed to be picking up on.
Guest 18th Sep 2021, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
I suppose it could be Shakespeare style, where you force the words into whatever the hell meter you want and nobody disagrees because you're Bill F. Shakespeare.
zimmerwald1915 18th Sep 2021, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
Never mind that Shakespeare wrote mostly in iambic pentameter and in sonnet form, and only broke out blank or free verse sparingly.
Stormy Tinker 18th Sep 2021, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Seriously. Wonder what the heck Shakespeare they're reading, as the usual one is almost literally as rigid a poetic form as you can get.
A Quiet Reader 18th Sep 2021, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
Always wondered why that poem sounded so off...
Stormy Tinker 18th Sep 2021, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
I will freely and without shame admit I wouldn't know an iamb if it walked up and bit me.
you know that guy 18th Sep 2021, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
When Mary had a little lamb, she spoke of it iambically.

"It followed me to school one day, but ended rather tragically."

Her school you see is only there to teach the children not to care

when growing up and losing touch with fluffy things like pets and such.

So when the lamb appeared at school they cooked it automatically.
Guest 19th Sep 2021, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
A Civil War variant:

Mary had a little lamb, t'was always on the go
So she staked it on a grassy slope, along the Shenandoah

What makes the men love mutton so, the colonel he did cry
'Cos mutton makes our whiskers grow, the soldiers did reply

It swam across the Shenandoah, our pickets saw it do,
And speedily it simmered down into a mutton stew.

A good friend 19th Sep 2021, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes you need a good friend to tell you to just go and continue what you are doing because not knowing how to help you.
Jibii aka Basil the Bard 20th Sep 2021, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
A few months ago I was at a LARP (Witcher-based Horror) where a bunch of Science people found out that to save all of our lives, we needed to make a ritual, and through analysis of the texts they had found a bunch of rules.

I as a Bard was asked to write the ritual based on these rules and after a short look I told them that their rules were bad and impossible, and if I had to follow these rules we would all die.
So I forced them to condense the rules into small pieces from which I picked what made sense if I had to make something possible.

Also I know how to make an interesting ritual, and if I had followed the rules the Ritual would have taken about 1 hour and would have been boring as fuuuuck. Some times it is okay to meta-game to make sure everyone is engaged <3