March 30, 2005

Poetry - let me teach you.

For some strange reason, I am interested in poetry these days. Among other things, Men should learn cooking and poetry - Kitchen is the shortest way to bedroom and I think poetry comes next. I am aware that the art of writing poems is confined to people who would look at an apple and say

A worm in an apple might seem bad
But half a worm in an apple is really sad!


The odds were against me when I decided to become a poet; like everyone else I would grab the apple and devour it when I see it. Poetry would be the last thing to come to my mind.
I checked out websites that encourage young ‘poets’. This is what a buff had written about love

I love you with a permanence
That endures the passing years.
I love you with a joyfulness
That subdues all doubts and fears.
I love you with an honesty
That was born within my heart.
I love you with the calm belief
...

I badly need the rules to write a poem. I thought the last word of each line must rhyme with the pervious one, but since that lousy thing had qualified, I propose the following as my poem.

FOR i = 1 TO n
FOR k = i TO n
IF (a(i) > a(k)) THEN SWAP a(i), a(k)
NEXT k

FOR j = 1 TO n
PRINT a(j)
NEXT j

Next i


The above one has three words per line, it’s got a perfect meaning to convey (sorts numbers). It’s well structured. Since I’ve graduated to the status of an established poet, here’s my advice to the budding ones.

1. Write an essay about anything you feel like.
2. Transfer it to your computer.
3. Press the enter key at every third or fourth word.
4. You have a good poem.
5. Upload it to poetry.com and call yourself a poet.

8 comments:

Ram said...

sour grapes, eh?

avinash said...

nice rhythm in the poem man. although themes matter more than the rhyme actually. watch dead poets society if u really need an inspiration to write another poem.

vikraman said...

I do consume sour grapes..after fermenting ;) lets invent newer ways of writting poems

vikraman said...

hey avinash, i know you're a good poet yourself..i can get inspired by you.

Vishnu Vyas said...

Hmm.. if you can call bubble sort a poem, what would that make the permutation algorithm? A remix??

vikraman said...

...and quicksort, because of its better time complexity, is a "quote" ;-)
if you want more of those, therez a guy called vivek :)

Vishnu Vyas said...

No, because of its better time complexity, quicksort would make a hiphop rap song. To go to something like a quote you need something like bucket-sort/radix-sort.. but that ain't a form of sort at all.. just like quotes aren't poetry.

vikraman said...

oh my god!! am happy you didn't use graphs to prove your point. :)