Soul-crusher Boss-jerks—Keening practice

Generally, people-selves who pursue    Pure word-smasher degrees

love to find the clock-power to think    Through the word-quilts we read.

Often don’t spend think-juice searching   Soul-crushers word-smashers can work

Leaving word-smashers in the wind     Working for soul-crusher boss-jerks.

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People-selves=us or we

Word-smasher=English Literature degree or English Literature major

Clock-power=time

Word-quilt=book

Think-juice=brain power

Soul-crusher=job

Boss-jerk=employer

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Keening is the practice of combining two words to create a poetic replacement for a noun. It is a very old practice dating back to Anglo-Saxon poetry and possibly even before that. A good example is from the epic, Beowulf: instead of writing ‘ocean’ the poem uses the word ‘whale-road.’ But even though it is an ancient practice, people still do it today, but the most widespread use of keening is in vulgar insults where instead of using a person’s name, you might use a word such as dick-head, ass-face, or douche-nozzle. If you want to learn more about keening or any other poetry term, you can check out the Glossary of Poetic Terms at Poetry Foundation here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms?letter=K

Beowulf also used a form of poetry where lines were separated by cesuras that were marked by alliteration. I added the extra spaces between the alliterated words as a way to mark the cesuras a little better because this is not something we expect in our poetry anymore. I did use rhyme at the end of the lines although Beowulf and other early examples of English poetry did not use rhyme.

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