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Re: Battle Poetry
His Excellency sibilantly says,
> I have encountered your wit here at the Rose herself, and say to you Sir,
> that you are indeed qualified and well equipped to serve this need. And so
> saying, serve us all, to so school these scions in such sapid sagacity. How
> say you now?
What can I say, after so much alliteration, but "Yes"?
Like the legendary Piranha brothers, you have used Rhetorical Devices
as a rack to bend me to your will. I will try to put together a class.
Now, more than ever, I crave enlightenment from fighters.
I would like to know if you have ever felt the need to describe
a battle in terms that you knew were not literally true, but,
in some mystical sense, seemed true than a bald recitation of
Here are some hypothetical examples:
"The arrows were swarming around me, waiting for a chance to sting."
"He doesn't wear his glasses when he fights, and he couldn't see my
sword until it was two feet away, but he has the reflexes of a 'toon;
he blocked everything I threw at him."
"I felt a rush like a rolling ball of thunder, spinning my head around
and taking my body under."
"Everything went into slow-motion."
"The earth moved."
Only one of these remarks is one I have actually heard a fighter use, and
I may be misremembering it. As far as I know so far, such remarks might
only be made in jest (if at all), and my theory that they are ever
"more true than reality" might be completely wrong.
Alfredo el Bufon
Elvegast, Windmaster's Hill, Atlantia
Be kind, for everyone you meet in life is fighting a hard battle.
-- Plato (427-347 B.C.)
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