Monday, October 12, 2009

Vowel Cosmorama

The English language, said to be
the bastard progeny of Norman soldiers
and Saxon barmaids—exploded
after the conquest, it's true, chelating
consonants with reckless caprice.

Ancient reprobates must have croaked
vehement complaints against the new
ways of speaking—but the irresistible
insolence of the exulting new generations
swept them thrashing away.

A poor investment of effort, trying
to hold back the congress of tongues
in the name of "purity"—as though
vowels could be held to the moral
standards of a private cosmos.

words courtesy of Read Write Poem
Yeah, "cosmic" for "cosmorama" was a stretch.
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

from Therese L. Broderick -- A barbed (with consonants)cautionary tale about language as a living, reproducing force -- and a tale still relevant today: impure but lusty "spam" won't be suppressed. I admire the way you pace the syntax with versifying. Another accomplished poem!

Paul Oakley said...

The history of the English language and a meditation on language purity. Amazing! I particularly like the last stanza.

briarcat said...

nice one, and a wise move not to include cosmoramic. whatever else this language is, there does seem room in it for almost anything

briarcat said...

nice one, and a wise move not to include cosmoramic. whatever else this language is, there does seem room in it for almost anything

Raven's Wing Poetry said...

Wow! I think you used the words very well to tell a story. Nothing out of place, everything fits. And I like your descriptions too, especially in the first stanza (the Norman soldiers and the barmaids).

Thank you for sharing.

-Nicole

davidmoolten said...

I also loved the way you brought in the pillagers and the barmaids. It's a great detail and it really grounds the whole poetic discussion that follows about language. Good use of the words.

Linda said...

A very unique look at the history of the English language. I liked your perspective and I really enjoyed your poem. Thanks for sharing.

Wayne Pitchko said...

i like what you have done with the words....nicely done and thanks for sharing