Here we are on the starting date of our rhetorical figures poetry challenge. If you have a poem ready, you may post it below. Otherwise, you can wait a week or so with some of us who are still working. We’re starting slowly; we’re that sort of blog. In fact, I’m about to coin “Slow Literature” – did I, then? Let it be acknowledged a term nicer than euphemism and more honest than insult.
Slow Literature is what we do around these parts. It’s like “slow cooking” and “slow thinking”. It encourages flavor, nutritional density, and what that nice old movie High Society refers to as “respect for human frailty.”
The reference book for this challenge is Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth. It’s a quick, easy, and delightful perusal. That sentence doesn’t sound right? Good catch; neither does “a quick, easy, and delightful read” which comes abominably to mind due to its abominable over-use. Fortunately, it might count as Enallage, which Mark Forsyth defines as “a deliberate grammatical mistake.” Unfortunately, figures of rhetoric are supposed to be witticisms; they aren’t supposed to ossify into obnoxiously omnipresent tab-terms, like “on the go,” curse it.
So is it okay if I describe a book as, quote, “a book”? Thanks.
Elements of Eloquence is a briefly, delightfully, and easily read book. Please buy, beg or borrow it and refer to it in your poems for this challenge. As always, the challenge remains open forever.