The Hypnotic Jungle Rhythms of a Place that Some call … Finland?

So tonight, as I was reading

The Complete Compleat Enchanter

(Pratt and Sprague de Camp’s novellas

Set in varied mythic landscapes),

I found that the evening’s story

Was set in the Kalevala — 

That’s the epic poem of Finland,

Just in case you aren’t familiar.

Now, one aspect of that epic

Is its mesmerizing meter —

They’re tetrameters trochaic,

As were used by old Longfellow

In his Song of Hiawatha.

And so as the evening rolled on,

I discovered I was speaking —

Not just speaking, even thinking

In octosyllabic phrases.

Now I find that I am waiting,

Wond’ring when I’ll break this pattern.

Still, I find myself admitting

It’s a pretty nifty gimmick,

And I’m glad that it supplied me

With material for posting

On a boring Wednesday evening.

All the same, I had best stop now

As I’m teaching in the morning,

And I’m sure my Freshman Comp class

Would lack patience for this nonsense

At 8 in my chilly classroom,

Reading Flannery O’Connor.

So I think I’ll end this blogpost

And I’ll hope that before long, I’ll

Turn back toward my normal stylings

And their more prosaic rhythms.

 

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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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One Response to The Hypnotic Jungle Rhythms of a Place that Some call … Finland?

  1. ScottO says:

    Well, Professor, I can’t say I
    Have an issue with your posting.
    As things go, this odd affliction
    Isn’t quite so bad as others
    That may visit one unlucky.
    But I see it’s been a little
    Over thirty-six long hours
    Since you wrote this, so I’ll stop now.
    Hope you’re better!

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