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  Language Unbound
by Paul Williams
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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One for the Linguist's...


Language Unbound

Thou cloistered beast language signified

Signifier unravished, floating free

Prosy poetic bee buzzing,

rhythm resonance and disproportion.

From flower to hive

a wordy dance of paraphrase caution.


Commit this heresy and violate my form

take me to pieces, as is the linguistic norm.

Cast me into the crucible from which

language was drawn a shower?

Intertextual plagiarised truth,

something will come as I listen to

the pitter-patter of rain on my roof.


For I-amb pentameter five feet long

Thundering? Sitting in this verse

singing my song.

Spondee and trochee, free my mind

Lightning? Together we will unshackle

the chains that bind the sign

and set free the poetic essence,

a rather sagacious shrew.




Paul Williams 2000


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Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 3/31/2005

"Unbound" excellence!! Grand style and sweeping verse combine to elevate the reader to a realm of the uniqueness - superb!!

Best regards,

Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 3/22/2005
after putting away my dic. and rereadit
i loved the flow ancient
very classical in rhythm and style
very different and enjoyable :)
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 3/20/2005
Oh, Paul, darling, stop this mad passionate lovemaking now. I shall go mad! ;-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by jude forese 3/19/2005
i like the structure and modification of language ... excellent usage of some phonemes and allophones ...
Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/19/2005
Reading the richness of the language in this poem, I feel a jab of sadness as I know native tongues are fading into the past. I know that our boundaries are dissolving, and in some respects this is good of course. But something rich and fine is being lost. Its up to the scribes to put to paper the last remnants of our romantic languages before they are dissolved into one world communication...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/19/2005
I'm actually lost here but I love the way it all flows together in the end, as a simple man not sure of all the big words but I get the drift and think you opened a few doors for me to pass through on my search for enlightened wordplay.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/19/2005
Can somehow hear this thundered in Dylanesque, Biblical tones and yet reminds me also of the Jabberwocky: tone rather than language, I think! Rich and dense: one to take the knife and fork to, Paul! Blackadder would have a field day with this, but I am, perhaps, just a Baldrick at heart... and I hope you can catch my Rowan Atkinson humour here, cos this is, after all, very clever! One to sit and go: "Hmmmmmm" to... TY Kate xx

Reviewed by Aberjhani 3/19/2005
A fantastic blast of linguistic euphoria, as one might expect from a "prosy poetic bee" buzzing to the beat of its own winged drummer:-)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/19/2005
I'm impressed!;-) Really Paul, this is special, a very gifted linguist you are!Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents, and
enriching our minds!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/19/2005
Another masterpiece Paul!!

Ain't someone missing in this picture???

Miss Pinky Fairy??

Love Tinks
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/19/2005
Very clever. I just write what pops in this boys head.
For some reason, this reminds me of Stanley Unwin..
Great mastery of words. And discriptions..
This has a very English feel...
I'ma keeping this one.
Loved it...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/19/2005
Uniquely and cleverly done, Paul. Thank you for sharing this liguistic ode. Love and peace. Regis

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