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Hemistich (Genre Unmarked Sentimental)
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You’ve chosen to compose a poem that utilizes the more quotidian, two-part (hemistich) line structure. This is the default mode of Mahri poetics: hemistich lines can be used across the spectrum of Mahri poetics, from its finest exemplars to poetic lines by rank amateurs. Opting for hemistich lines means that you’ll have the latitude to compose a poem as you wish, free from the formal complexity and heightening expectations of three-part (tristich) compositions. The next question concerns a practical matter:
Is time a factor?
I have to come up with a catchy line, quick!
I can afford to compose a entire poem.
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12017-10-10T20:51:41+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a12824Couplet (Hemistich Genre Unmarked Sentimental)4cyoa39plain2018-06-12T19:42:32+00:00branching_parent_pageSamuel Liebhaber92edd610c0d14d00181bd949250cbe90dae08f10