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A Shakespeare-Related Visual Poem of Mine
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0252  Wednesday, 20 May 2009

[1] From:   Bob Grumman <
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     Date:   Monday, 18 May 2009 16:23:59 -0500
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0239 A Shakespeare-Related Visual Poem of Mine

[2] From:   Bill Blanton <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 19 May 2009 11:38:47 -0500
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0239 A Shakespeare-Related Visual Poem of Mine


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From:       Bob Grumman <
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Date:       Monday, 18 May 2009 16:23:59 -0500
Subject: 20.0239 A Shakespeare-Related Visual Poem of Mine
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0239 A Shakespeare-Related Visual Poem of Mine

 >I'd like to be able to add, to "Summer," "Thou art more lovely and more
 >temperate," but another time: today's lease hath all too short a date.
 >
 >Nancy Charlton

Not sure what you mean, Nancy. Do you mean, that line should be back in 
the poem?  I have ideas for variations, but feel the line is there even 
though not shown. The whole original is there. As for JD's three 
instances of "jicama," I take them to mean, "a majic, a majic, a majic," 
but would welcome alternative interpretations. Anyway, thanks for saying 
something.

  -- Bob

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From:       Bill Blanton <
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Date:       Tuesday, 19 May 2009 11:38:47 -0500
Subject: 20.0239 A Shakespeare-Related Visual Poem of Mine
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0239 A Shakespeare-Related Visual Poem of Mine

Dear Bob:

I like it very much. At a later point, I would hope that you would let 
us know what you had in mind when you composed this visual poem. But 
you, no doubt, would first prefer to know what those who read this forum 
think about it.

I am not an English Lit person, or even very knowledgeable about 
Shakespeare (except for The Merchant of Venice, but that's another story 
for another time). However, from what little I've read of Literary 
Theory, there appears to be some doubt that you, in fact, composed this 
poem. The zeitgeist did it. Indeed, no one can even be sure that you are 
you or that there even is a you. We must find some obscure incident from 
the recesses of what we can call history, and, piece by piece, construct 
what we have already concluded the zeitgeist intended (but without using 
the word intended). But I digress.

I love the pun on summit/sonnet. I feel like I'm looking down from a height.

I sense that this poem compares life to a summer's day. It may start out 
temperate. But then the windes of heaven might visit sum of our faces 
roughly. Sum are summer and sum are not. In fall, o what a falling off 
there is. Winter brings our discontent. Our little life is rounded with 
a sleepe, and the full summe of us is sum of nothing.

However, that interpretation seems a bit bleak; perhaps my 
anti-depression meds have not kicked in yet. Sum one in a sunnier frame 
of mind might provide a cheerier perspective.

I hope JD recovers soon from the hiccups, and that Nancy renews her lease.

Regards,
Bill Blanton

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