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Re: Battle Poetry
Poster: Sallie Montuori <email@example.com>
Ah, what a crafty man! Good Yaakov, I salute you! I should like to
see this happen, for it would greatly enliven an otherwise dull event!
And (I ask not for myself but for others) are your "eminently
reasonable" prices strictly in Atlantian Clams, or are goods and
services also acceptable? Perhaps a few examples might show how
affordable you are, and thus pave the way for folk to take up this
new (?) practice. I can see the shtick already...
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On Tue, 16 Jul 1996, Harold Feld wrote:
> Poster: email@example.com (Harold Feld)
> Greetings from Yaakov, mercenary poet and sometime herald:
> So you want to sound snazzy as you enter the list, issue challenges in
> poetic form, and knock the socks off your opponent before entering the
> No problem!
> Consider the virtues of poetry for hire. I can handle a variety of forms
> from Ballades (for you Rapier types who admire Cyrano) to A-S and Viking
> stuff. Consider how just a few set pieces can enhance your reputation and
> your image.
> Would you further enhance your honor, the honor of the list, and the
> pleasure of the crowd assembled there that day? Hire a herald! There is
> no need to rely on "the king's vopice" to annouynce you in the list. Make
> a badge or some other token of livery and hire a herald for the day. This
> retainer shall go before you, announcing your presence and challenges.
> Good gentles, these are perfectly period practices! There is no more shame
> in hiring a poet for this purpose than in hiring an armorer to make your
> helm. And as for hiring a herald, I can think of no greater sign of the
> obvious poverty of our warriors that no one, not even our nobility, bring
> their own retainers and heralds with them.
> Nor need you stop at poetic challenges! What more chivalrous way to honor
> your foe than to commission a poem in praise of his bravery and skill.
> Inspirations! How better to honor the one you inspire than to have his or
> her deeds live through the ages in a poem. Did not the family of William
> the Marshall so immortalize him? And you warriors- what can be more
> romantic than declaiming your undying devotion as you prepare to die upon
> the field?
> My prices are eminently reasonable. Samples of my poetry are available
> upon request (some have even appeared in this list).
> In service to mercenary poetry, and increasing its appreciation as a craft
> and not some mystical "art", I remain,
> Mar Yaakov HaMizrachi
> Harold Feld
> Yaakov HaMizrachi
> "Do not ask 'Why are these days not as good as the days of old?' This
> question is not prompted by wisdom." -Eccl.
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