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.


About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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1 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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