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mongoose
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11/9/2011 11:34:02 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I had to write a parody of a sonnet for English. This is what I wrote, a parody of Sonnet 15 by Shakespeare:

When I consider the economy
Reaches its peak for a little moment,
Then it reveals the lower value seen
Whereon it's shown to have poor investments;
When the money supply increased so much
Being however much they want to spend
Many bubbles form as results of such;
The boom must reach its unstoppable end,
Then the fatal conceit is shown as flawed
Leaves most poorer as large banks are bailed out;
Most politicians do not see the cause,
Instead they blame the market all throughout;
To keep a good economy preserved,
We must soon end the Federal Reserve
It is odd when one's capacity for compassion is measured not in what he is willing to do by his own time, effort, and property, but what he will force others to do with their own property instead.
Chrysippus
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11/10/2011 12:20:53 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 11/9/2011 11:34:02 PM, mongoose wrote:
I had to write a parody of a sonnet for English. This is what I wrote, a parody of Sonnet 15 by Shakespeare:

When I consider the economy
Reaches its peak for a little moment,
Then it reveals the lower value seen
Whereon it's shown to have poor investments;
When the money supply increased so much
Being however much they want to spend
Many bubbles form as results of such;
The boom must reach its unstoppable end,
Then the fatal conceit is shown as flawed
Leaves most poorer as large banks are bailed out;
Most politicians do not see the cause,
Instead they blame the market all throughout;
To keep a good economy preserved,
We must soon end the Federal Reserve

Both of your last two lines have 11 syllables.

The bolded part makes me cringe. Aaugh, the syntax!

Beyond that, and beyond the questionable economics expressed, it's a clever poem.

"When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That in this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence complement;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and check'd even by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Set you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay,
To change your day of youth to sullied night;
And all in war with Time for love of you,
As he takes from you, I engulf you new."

It'll do, youthful sap. It'll do.
Cavete mea inexorabilis legiones mimus!
mongoose
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11/10/2011 6:35:50 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 11/10/2011 12:20:53 AM, Chrysippus wrote:
At 11/9/2011 11:34:02 PM, mongoose wrote:
I had to write a parody of a sonnet for English. This is what I wrote, a parody of Sonnet 15 by Shakespeare:

When I consider the economy
Reaches its peak for a little moment,
Then it reveals the lower value seen
Whereon it's shown to have poor investments;
When the money supply increased so much
Being however much they want to spend
Many bubbles form as results of such;
The boom must reach its unstoppable end,
Then the fatal conceit is shown as flawed
Leaves most poorer as large banks are bailed out;
Most politicians do not see the cause,
Instead they blame the market all throughout;
To keep a good economy preserved,
We must soon end the Federal Reserve

Both of your last two lines have 11 syllables.

I keep counting 10 syllables.

To keep a good e-con-o-my pre-served,
We must soon end the Fe-de-ral Re-serve

I had a hard time fitting the rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter.
It is odd when one's capacity for compassion is measured not in what he is willing to do by his own time, effort, and property, but what he will force others to do with their own property instead.
Ren
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11/13/2011 6:59:08 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 11/10/2011 6:35:50 PM, mongoose wrote:
At 11/10/2011 12:20:53 AM, Chrysippus wrote:
At 11/9/2011 11:34:02 PM, mongoose wrote:
I had to write a parody of a sonnet for English. This is what I wrote, a parody of Sonnet 15 by Shakespeare:

When I consider the economy
Reaches its peak for a little moment,
Then it reveals the lower value seen
Whereon it's shown to have poor investments;
When the money supply increased so much
Being however much they want to spend
Many bubbles form as results of such;
The boom must reach its unstoppable end,
Then the fatal conceit is shown as flawed
Leaves most poorer as large banks are bailed out;
Most politicians do not see the cause,
Instead they blame the market all throughout;
To keep a good economy preserved,
We must soon end the Federal Reserve

Both of your last two lines have 11 syllables.

I keep counting 10 syllables.

To keep a good e-con-o-my pre-served,
We must soon end the Fe-de-ral Re-serve

I had a hard time fitting the rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter.

There's only ten each. Who knows what he's talking about.

If he wanted to be that pedantic, he could have mentioned that the bolded doesn't rhyme...

...however, all things considered, particularly the subject matter, I think it's a pretty bang-up job.

Did I better job than I would have, and I call myself a poet.
mongoose
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1/3/2012 9:59:23 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Today before English, my teacher accused me of plagiarizing the poem. From here. I then pointed out that I was the one who posted it.
It is odd when one's capacity for compassion is measured not in what he is willing to do by his own time, effort, and property, but what he will force others to do with their own property instead.
Ren
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1/3/2012 10:27:02 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 1/3/2012 9:59:23 PM, mongoose wrote:
Today before English, my teacher accused me of plagiarizing the poem. From here. I then pointed out that I was the one who posted it.

LOL.

On that note -- I think we here at Debate.org may generate a little more attention than we realize...
mongoose
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1/3/2012 11:10:06 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 1/3/2012 10:27:02 PM, Ren wrote:
At 1/3/2012 9:59:23 PM, mongoose wrote:
Today before English, my teacher accused me of plagiarizing the poem. From here. I then pointed out that I was the one who posted it.

LOL.

On that note -- I think we here at Debate.org may generate a little more attention than we realize...

The only reason she found it was because she typed the first few lines into a search engine, so this doesn't distinguish us from anywhere else on the entire internet.
It is odd when one's capacity for compassion is measured not in what he is willing to do by his own time, effort, and property, but what he will force others to do with their own property instead.
Ren
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1/5/2012 2:59:07 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Well, in any case, that's one hell of a compliment you got there, and deserved.

Unless she was just saying you suck @ss otherwise.

Kidding!