Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Rule 3: to see what sort of a poem you have, try sorting the poem you have

Of course, that's not really a rule. But it's my blog. That's the real rule here: it's my blog.

Below is the Ammons poem, sorted. The words "we" or "we'll" occur 16 times, the words "our" or "ourselves" 4 times, in 283 words. I don't know whether that is statistically significant, it just helps me to think. The second poem in the book, Ashbery's "In Dearest, Deepest Winter," has only 2 occurrences of "we" in 200 words, but Ashbery uses "you" (4) and "your" (1) and "us" (4) and "them" (2). Also, "before" (4) and "behind" (2) and "occasion" (2).


(although
60-year-old
a
a
a
a
a
a
a
a
about
address
all
already
and
and
and
and
and
and
and
and
and
and
are
are
are
are
are
are
around,
as
at
away
away:
babies,
baking
be:
birthdays,
books
brain
brighter
brink:
brushed
came
can
cane
cards
care
care:
Christmases,
clean
congestive
decide
deeper
diabetes,
did)
die
died
don't
downstairs
drink
drop
else
empty
end,
every
every
every
failures
fast,
first
for
for
for
for,
forever
funeral,
gaining
getting
getting
giving
gone
grip
grow
halloweens
hanging
have
heart
hired
houses
hullabaloo:
in
in
index
intensive
into
into
is
is
it
it
it
it's
it's
know
know
leave
leaving,
left
left:
leg
like
like
live
long
looks
losing
loss
loss:
lost
lot:
love
love
love,
many
many,
may
men
more
much
must,
my
my
never
nice
nice:
not
now
now
now,
of
of
of
of
old
on
on
on
on
on
once
ones
or
or
or
other
others
our
our
ourselves
ourselves:
palimpsests,
passing
people
person
phone
precious
recall
remember
rings,
Ruth
same
scramble
scratches:
scribbles
shine
single
slow
so
so
so
so
so
so
some
some
some
some
somebody
someday
something
steady,
strength
such
suddenly,
sun
sympathies:
that
that
that
that
The
the
the
the
the
the
the
the
the
the
the
the
the
the
then
then,
they
thick
thing,
think
think
this
thought
till
time
time
tip
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
together
touch
travel
tumors,
until
up
us
used
used
very
was
watchful
way....
we
we
we
we
we
we
we
we
we
we
we
we
we
we
weddings
we'll
well,
went
what
what
when
when
who
who
widows
wife
will
will,
wine
with
won't:
word,
would

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