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Subject:

Tips for writing poetry (and TWL punctuation)

From:

Rick Parker <[log in to unmask]>

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T. S. Eliot Discussion forum.

Date:

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 08:42:40 -0600

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For fun.

(Clothes optional) tips for writing better poetry
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/62431/16-famous-authors-tips-writing-better-poetry

At the bottom of that page was another article that might be of interest. I found it on another webpage also so here is the URL to that:

Can You Tell an Author’s Identity By Looking at Punctuation Alone? A Study Just Found Out.
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/73897/what-classic-literature-looks-without-words

What Classic Literature Looks Like Without the Words
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/73897/what-classic-literature-looks-without-words

Looked like fun. I took my text copy of TWL and removed all blank lines and section titles and numbered the lines thus changing my

     76    'You! hypocrite lecteur!--mon semblable,--mon frere!'
          
          
          
          PART II  -  A Game of Chess
          ---------------------------
          
    77    The Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne,


to (I didn't bother to change my double hypens to m-dahes.)


    76	'You! hypocrite lecteur!--mon semblable,--mon frere!'
    77	The Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne,


I then replaced letters with blanks and numbered the lines to get a 434 line poem of punctuation. But first, here TWL is as one line of nothing but punctuation (possibly corrupted into several lines by my text editor and/or a cut and paste to get it posted or what your mail reader/browser does):

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