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All Poetry

19 August 2019

All poetry, as discriminated from the various paradigms of prosody, is prayer.

 ~  Samuel Beckett

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  1. Hmmm. So that limerick about the old lady from Nantucket is prayer? A prayer to whom, I wonder.

    • Ah, but the limerick is a mere ‘paradigm of prosody’, you see. Beckett’s pompous claim not only egregiously misuses the word ‘discriminated’, it blatantly incorporates the ‘No True Scotsman’ fallacy in its terms. If Beckett doesn’t think it’s a prayer, then it’s obviously not poetry.

      I could easily retort that all drama, as ‘discriminated from the various paradigms’ of pseudo-intellectual noodling in script form, does not stink.

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