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The Morphean Stanza that I Dreamed

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While the lines I’m about to reveal may seem simple enough, they have provided me with much fodder for thought.  Here are the lines which were in my memory when I awoke:

Just above the salty sea,
in a castle made of sand,
lived the Queen of the Færies,
Sovereign of the mystic lands.

When I first “remembered” these lines, I was terribly excited to have the memory and delighted by the image and merriment of the lines.  I set about analyzing the lines and was sure, as I noted earlier, that there would be no rhyme or reason (pun intended, ha) to the lines of verse.  I was very wrong.

First, each line has seven syllables and the rhyme scheme ABAB.  Also, based on the sound of the line, I am inclined to believe that the third and seventh syllables of the third line should bear an assonance.  The fact that the seventh syllable of the third line gives the line a feminine ending and is assonant with the word “Queen” supports this inclination, as well.

The prosody and feet of the lines are thus:

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At first, I thought that this may be just a random arrangement of metric feet; however, there is actually a fairly interesting dynamic at play here.  The first two lines bear the same structure and are composed of rising feet.  The third line begins with two rising feet, then moves to the feminine syllable, which begins a fall continued through the end of the stanza, with the fourth line being composed of falling feet.  What’s even more fascinating is that the fourth line is an inverse of the first two lines.

Again, let me be clear on this: I awoke from a dream with this Morphean Stanza in my memory.  After analyzing it, I believe that it bears a prosodic truth like a mathematical property which exists absent of human invention; what happened here was discovery, not invention.

So, therefore: An Oneirostrophe (also called a Dream Stanza or a Morphean Stanza) is a quatrain with the rhyme scheme ABAB, is written according to the scansion noted above, and shows assonance between the third and seventh syllables of the third line.

BOOM.  Mind blown.

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

December 6th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I Have Dreamed a Dream of a New Poetic Form

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First, before I explain, I am coining and claiming three (3) terms: 1) Oneirostrophe, 2) Dream Stanza, and 3) Morphean Stanza.

In order to explain these terms, let me begin with a family tree (This is based somewhat on Ovid’s Metamorphosis, but does bear other influences, as well.):

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(Two main things to point out with which some people may disagree: 1) some say that Morpheus et al. are Hypnos’ brothers and 2) some say that Ikelos and Probetor are the same.  I know there is contention; this is how I’m showing it.)

The first term, oneirostrophe, comes from the Greek from Oneiro (dreams personified) and strophe (turn or twist), which in longer poems becomes synonymous with stanza, thus “Dream Stanza”.  I’m also offering a more colorful version of the name: Morphean Stanza, a hat tip to Morpheus, the most influential of his brothers.

I have always been fascinated by Coleridge’s claim to have dreamed the poem Kubla Khan and have often wished to have such an experience.  Recently, my wish was fulfilled when I awoke one morning with a completed stanza (a Morphean Stanza) in my memory.  I did not dream of composing a poem; I was not thinking of poetic things when I drifted off to sleep; nor did I doze off with the television on.  To my best and honest recollection there was no “process”; the stanza was just there, in my memory, when I awoke.

I spent a fair amount of time pondering over what to do with the bit of poem I’d been gifted with.  Now, I have decided to create a full story using the form given to me in my dream.  (I also aim to have each oneirostrophe illustrated and publish the complete work as soon as I’m able.)  To that end, I began an analysis of the linguistic features (prosody, rhyme, structure, etc.) of the Morphean Stanza.  I was sure that I would find a garbled mess with which I could do little without completely distorting the verse given to my by the Oneiroi.  What I discovered, though, was quite the contrary… and quite fascinating.

As for that, though, you’ll have to wait for the next post.

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

December 6th, 2013 at 12:33 am

Wilde, Inc., is on Kickstarter!!

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Here’s what you do:

1. Click this link and pledge a lot of money: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/191458625/wilde-inc-an-original-graphic-novel/

2. Tell all of your friends to complete steps 1 and 2 on this list.  All of them.

3. Sit back and wait for your cool stuff to come.

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Written by Alex Kaulfuss

December 4th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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Imp Daddy on Amazon

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Hello, all. My, it has been quite a while since the last update. I’m writing with two related bits of news:
1) I am temporarily suspending the availability of the print version of Imp Daddy’s First ABC Book in the website’s store because…
2) As of this morning, a digital version of the book (updated and edited) is available for download through Amazon. Check it out:

Imp Daddy’s First ABC Book

Peace, Alex

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

January 23rd, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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Hey, it’s been awhile…

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Just a quickie:

I’ve added a ton of archived literature to the Art & Lit Blog.

Check it out!

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

March 29th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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Sooo… I’m a little excited…

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Alright, that’s an understatement.  Our new project is really starting to take shape, and we’ve got some tough decisions to make.  Got another little teaser for ya; here’s Nic’s take on Claire:

Claire Rousseau © Alex Kaulfuss and The Wilde Renaissance Co.

Claire Rousseau © Alex Kaulfuss and The Wilde Renaissance Co.

B. A. isn’t it ! ? ! ?  Nice work, Nic!

There’s a new issue of No.1R, so be sure to check that out.  Also, we’ve got some more archived content available on the Art and Lit blog.

—– COMING SOON —–

GET READY ! ! ! !

GET READY ! ! ! !

Peace,

Alex, The Editor

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

November 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

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Was that a turnip?!

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Another week gone by.  There’s a new issue of No.1R in the webcomics section, a new post by Nic, and some new archived pieces.  Be sure to check them all out and let us know what you think.

Also, we’re gearing up for the third Wilde Times Sci-Fantasy Writing Contest, so start brainstorming some ideas!

Peace,

Alex

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

November 13th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

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Holy Hot Smack!

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Alright, I know it’s been a good long while since there’s been an update ( and I sincerely apologize to my loyal readers ), but things have definitely been moving along here.  I’m working with another writer on a new project!!  You should be quivering with anticipation.  Here’s a little teaser:

Are you excited?

Are you excited? © Alex Kaulfuss, The Wilde Renaissance Co.

N0.1R fans, there’s a new one this week; check it out.

Peace,

Alex

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

November 6th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

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Exciting news!!

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Short because I want you to read Nic’s post this week.

New issues of N0.1R and It’s an Imp’s Life and some new (old) work has been archived in the Art & Lit section. 

Don’t forget about the AIR contest; see the details using the store link.

Peace,
Alex

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

August 22nd, 2009 at 2:55 am

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Boy, Howdy!

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Quite a bit this week, so I’ll keep the info short and sweet.

First up, new issues of N0.1R and It’s an Imp’s Life; check those out using the webcomics link.  Sorry, kiddies, you’ll have to sit on the edge of your seats a bit longer to see what’s about to go down in Wilde Times.

The Art, Literature, & Photography blog’s been updated with some archived content.  One of my site favorites tops the list.  Also, Pure NRG has a new one today.

And now for the big news: We’ve launched a new little contest. Hopefully, this will be the first of many of its kind.  I’ve called it an AIR Contest – Art In Response.  Hop on over to the store for more details!! But hurry the deadline is August 28!

Many, many thanks to Steve Richard for allowing us to use one of his images for this contest!  Check out his stellar work here: www.steverichard.com

Peace,
Alex

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

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Here we go!

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Hello, all!

New issues of N0.1R and WildeTimes are up in the webcomics section along with a new post from Nicolàs.  If you missed it last week, be sure to read the previous post for some important information.

Also, Wilde Times is going to start a run of smaller contests withing the next two weeks, so be on the lookout for that announcement.

Peace,
Alex

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

July 31st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

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You know what sucks?

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The economy.

I should really be grateful because, by and large, I haven’t been nearly as affected as a great many people have been by the horrible financial situation of the country.  I began to get really worried when a number of teachers with whom I work were laid off.  I read somewhere that teaching is the second most recession-proof job to have behind only childcare provider.  I’m not sure if that’s actually the case, but I’ve never seen a teacher get laid off before because of the economy, so it hit pretty close.  You may be wondering what the relevance of this post is to the general news of the site and why it’s not posted in my ranting section.  Well, here you go: the economy did pack a pretty significant punch over at Wilde Times.  The impact manifested itself in a couple of ways; most of them small, but noticable, nonetheless:

- There was a bit of a lull in posts and updates simply because we had to slow things down to conserve.

- The Second Wilde Times Sci-Fantasy Contest results were not posted as early as we’d hoped that they’d be.

- Here’s the one that making us mad: Publishing a collection of the winning stories is a costly endeavor.  We simply haven’t been able to make this happen, so there will not be a printed collection for the second contest.  Also, since the stories won’t be appearing in print, we thought it only fair to return publishing rights to the contest winners.  Anyone who ordered a collection has been refunded, and writers, please feel free to publish your winning stories in print and/or digitally.

So, without any further ado, here are the winners for The Second Wilde Times Sci-Fantasy Writing Contest!!!!

First Place – Summer Kennedy, All Things Converge

Second Place – Paul Casson, The Belly of the Beast

Third Place – Eric Burke, Enough is not Enough

Honorable Mention – Sean O’Brien, Treetop Flyer

Honorable Mention – Kristen Stieffel, The Last Buffalo

Congratulations to you all!

In other news:

We’ve done away with the film review blog.  It may reappear at some point in the future, so if you were a fan, let me know you want it back.  While we’ve lost one blog, we’ve gained another:

I’m excited to announce that Nicolàs is launching Pure NRG, a new blog featuring some of his writings, thoughts, and works.  Check it out using the “Blogs” link to the left.

If you’re interested in doing a bit of writing, shooting, drawing, or whatever for Wilde Times, check out the submission guidelines to the left.

New issues of Wilde Times and N0.1R are up in the webcomics section, and check back tomorrow for my first post in the musings section.

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

July 24th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

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Wazzat?

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Yo.  New issues of WildeTimes, N0.1R, and It’s an Imp’s Life.

Adam should be updating the film blog soon, so keep your eyes open for that.

Also, beginning next week, I’m going to try to post some of my rants about things that I’ve discovered.  Things which will hopefully help my readers avoid some of the aggravation I’ve dealt with.

Be sure to head on over to the store and sign up for the Wilde Times Sci-Fantasy Contest!!

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

February 20th, 2009 at 12:01 am

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la la la laaaaaaaaa

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That’s part of a song…

At any rate.

This week, we’ve got lots of new things for you to check out.  First up, new issues of Wilde Times, N0.1R, and It’s a Imp’s Life.  Also, we’ve got a new blog from Adam Clark through which he’ll offer some film reviews and other opinions.

Next week may bring some more new stuff, so keep you’re eyes open.

Don’t forget about the Sci-Fantasy Writing Contest!!

Written by Alex Kaulfuss

February 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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New Tees and New Strips

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Hello, all! This time around, we’ve got new strips of N0.1R and It’s an Imp’s Life. Wilde Times should return next week.

Also, be sure to check out the contest in the store and browse through some tees at Busted Tees.




Written by Alex Kaulfuss

January 30th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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