A New Language

Hypothesis for Two Voices (to be read simultaneously)

“Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. “ – Albert Einstein

He has spent most of the evening
Analysing the data, looking for
The form that it takes, plotting a scatter graph
Looking for differences in a table.
But now, fatigued by the effort
His eyelids fall and he fails to see

The list of numbers appears to be formed
As a sestina, final stanza unfolded,
Another column makes
A short sequence of sonnets,
Untitled, all concrete
Abstract, unspoken.

There is no mathematical logic
In this poetry of relationships.

“As long as one employs method only on symbols one remains within the limits of a sort of game. In action that has method about it, we ourselves act, since it is we ourselves who found the method “ – Simone Weil

He has spent most of the evening
Analysing the scansion, looking for
The form that it takes, counting the syllables
Looking for the stresses in a table.
But now, fatigued by the effort
His eyelids fall and he fails to see

The sequence of words arranged in the form
Of an oscillator, once random noise is removed,
A rhythm made up from
A repetition of sound,
Unstressed, all concealed
Evident when spoken.

There is more than simple poetry
In the mechanics of recitation.

© Martin Porter 2013

 

This poem is meant to be read simultaneously by two voices, with each half superimposed on one another. This is to emphasise the similarities and/or differences.

Alternatively, the two poems may be placed side by side to give the similarities in structure a degree of prominence. Such a placement does tend to diminish the nature of the differences and so is not my preferred method of presentation. It does, however, give the reader time to consider the differences and to contrast them at greater leisure.

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Hypothesis for Two Voices (to be read simultaneously) has been published in Printable Reality.

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