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Celeste

Postby glindhot » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:37 pm

Men deemed her the fleet's very best vessel.
Her steel keel, her sheer stem, the level deck
Where met her sleekly-swept stern spelt speed -
Yet where sped she when she left the levee?

West she went, yet where next steered her helm?
Every swell's green crest the crew met deftly,
Heedless, they, the restless, sleepless deep.
Blessed she seemed, yet where went she?

She never knew Eve's Eden's eddy.
She knew Hell's wet depths when sent there!
When, then? When seven bells knelled her end.
Beseeched she help, yet help never sent;
Wrecked! when the reef's keen edge
Cleft her steel-strengthened belly.

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The only vowel used is e
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Re: Celeste

Postby Jupiter » Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:05 pm

glindhot wrote:---------------------------------
The only vowel used is e


If you mean strictly the letter, then yes. But in English 'e' produces a whole variety of sounds, as in [e], [iː], [ɜː] or [ə] so I would say your statement isn't entirely accurate. But still it is a laudable effort and a good poem too.
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Re: Celeste

Postby steffen » Thu May 27, 2010 4:34 pm

Yes, a laudable effort indeed using only the vowel E. Quite a tribute to the famed Celeste with its three prominent E's. Jupiter mentions that this vowel has various pronunciations, but so do all the vowels in the English language without exception, unlike Spanish in which each of the 5 vowels has its one and only specific enunciation -as is the case with Latin, and even Basque for that matter. The pronunciation of Spanish is thus more accesible to the non-native speaker, which is certainly not the case with the English language.

By the way, the letter Y is both a vowel (e.g. happy) and a consonant (e.g. yellow) <askoxford.com>. In the case of the words`very´in the first line, `sleekly´in the 4th, and `bellly´in the last, the Y´s all qualify as vowels. Sorry, I don't want to seem picayune. It could be argued though that the Y, given the curious double life it leads, could simply be overlooked, as you have so artfully done.

Just for the record, is there any precedent for a poem of this type?
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Re: Celeste

Postby gstormcrow » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:04 pm

That's got to be a Guiness Book record for 'E's in a poem! Takes a very skilled approach to pull that off as well as you did.
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