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Literary Nonsense - or Jabbertalk

Post by Hytegia » Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:17 am

I need help trying to write Literary Nonsense...
Apparently, there's rules to nonsense that I can't seem to grasp, since the rules are quite Nonsense themselves.

The Rule of Literary Nonsense is not that the Poem/Statement/Idea has no meaning - it has too MUCH meaning for the statement, and the logic in it is simply an Epic Fail...
BUT I CAN'T SEEM HOW TO DO IT! :[

One famous quote of Literary Nonsense is:
"You have a letter Q in your name and because you have the pleasure and happiness of having a Q in your name you must have a popcorn hat, popcorn mittens and popcorn shoes"
It is stated that there are Laws of Magic in a fantasy Realm, and according to these Laws - You are wearing a Popcorn Hat, Mittens, and Shoes even though you have never posessed or even thought of them in your life.

It's all very............................................ Confusing!!! :[

An example of a Nonsense Poem is Jabberwocky (by the famous Lewis Carrol):

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


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I REALLY want to try it out - but have no clue... Where to start, is the best phrase for it.
"Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink."

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Re: Literary Nonsense - or Jabbertalk

Post by Max » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:47 am

Well, one way would be to take a poem or lyrics of a song you like and highlight all the nouns, verbs, and adjectives in different colours. And now change them for made up words.

One reason to make a distinction between the word classes is, to me, they have different sounds. A noun may only be one or two syllables, but an adjective may have three. You could also choose to only change the nouns, or just the adjectives. Experiment to find out which sounds best when read out loud. There are still grammatical rules in nonsense poems. "Dog the is black" or "Gruble the is longshod" doesn't make sense, but if you rearrange the words a kind of sense emerges. This is why it is useful to know what classes your nonsense words are.

Try to keep the same sort of sound like 'slithy' could be changed for slimy or other words ending in 'y'; or 'frumious' could be changed to furious/venomous/curious and other 'ous' words. A way to create a made up word would be to combine two existing words like 'slimy' and 'slither' to create 'slithy'.

Hope this helps to give you a start. Tell us how you get on. Post it so we can read it! :-)
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Re: Literary Nonsense - or Jabbertalk

Post by Hytegia » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:19 am

This is what I have so far-

Valley of Oddities both Foreign and Dometicated

And so'er the bimbly walgrumps wabe
a fostling, sentnal, foreign labe.
And widdershins bloat the goaded
as ballarumps befall the bed.
In the Valley of the Odder-

The silvy flower'd saphires bloom
under the glower'd, bloated moon.
Where belfry vines saught long to grow
and grapple angry mistletoe.
Where all logic is quite fodder-

Where fish wade through streams in dire hunt
of wiggley woos in cresting flunt.
Land not fondled by mortal shoe
and the wispy filligants grew.
It doth sound like quite a dodder!


Is it- well, is it Nonsense enough?
"Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink."

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Post by forgotten oceans » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:14 pm

*GASP!!!!!* That's fantastic!! Congrats!!!! You've made my day a bit brighter, thank you. =D>
Maybe now you're starting to understand that while I may have been born predispositioned to be pretty batty, my parents saw to it that it was a certainty and completely unavoidable. -Me

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Re: Literary Nonsense - or Jabbertalk

Post by Max » Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:28 am

Haha! That's amazing Hytegia :-D \:D/
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Re: Literary Nonsense - or Jabbertalk

Post by Ragnar » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:42 pm

Hytegia wrote:I need help trying to write Literary Nonsense...
Just quote any newspaper article. :lol:

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Re: Literary Nonsense - or Jabbertalk

Post by Hytegia » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:30 am

Ragnar wrote:
Hytegia wrote:I need help trying to write Literary Nonsense...
Just quote any newspaper article. :lol:
xD
I could just quote ShockAweNow.
"Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink."

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