long short short long short short long (m) short (f) short long short short long short short long short
long short short long short short long // long short short long short short long
even though drinking was terrible still i’m an alkie forgetting
troubles and family JUST STOP no more thinking of death
i can write hendekasyllabics too.
anceps anceps long short short long short long short long short
where does politics lead except frustration
and there’s still no such thing as quantity in
English syllables. They are stressed and unstressed
unlike me who can always find stress somewhere.
The last line didn’t really obey the meter but fuck it. I haven’t studied poetry in English but I’ve read enough to know that even in “iambic” verse there’s still room for a trochee here and there.
Rhymes are bad for your health — enjambment is
where it’s at. But with Too much Virgil you will
have Noun-adjective pairs enclosing the line.
In many classical meters you can resolve a long with two shorts, or substitute two shorts with a long. Try to put four syllables in English together without stressing any of them. Or three stressed syllables together with the same stress. It can happen, I suppose, but it’s hard to engineer it in verse and make it clear.
And no I haven’t started drinking again. I’ve been thinking about it though. I don’t like that.