Wednesday, July 19, 2017
"The Dems scream death" is a pithy, well-turned phrase, combining both the act of screaming the word "death" and the scream which can accompany death. Those words are followed immediately by the phrase "as OCare dies," repeating the death image while simultaneously referencing the Republican assertion that Obamacare is in a death spiral. The word "OCare" has an antique, almost Elizabethan quality which adds to the poetic resonance of the passage. A rich, complex interplay of words and images is contained in those seven deceptively simple words.
The Republicans never discuss how good their healthcare bill is, & it will get even better at lunchtime.The Dems scream death as OCare dies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
I THINK that I shall NEver SEEDoubters might believe, incorrectly, that any eight syllable line can be read in four natural-sounding iambs, that the reader can put the stress points on any syllables with equal success. I recommend these doubters attempt to read the couplet aloud stressing the first syllable of each poetic foot and unstressing the second. They will find it doesn't work. The president would likely describe their attempt as FAKE METER, and rightly so. An iamb is an iamb is an iamb.
A POem LOVEly AS a TREE.
The DEMS scream DEATH as Ocare DIES.As a fledgling poet, Trump was most probably wise not to attempt a rhyming couplet. Better to create one perfect line than to degrade the effort by reaching too far. However, even though I am aware of the danger, I will attempt a rhyming couplet in iambic tetrameter.
Our Senate wingnuts wouldn't dareAn observant reader might have noticed I dropped the unstressed syllable at the beginning of the second line. Though that results in seven syllables rather than eight, an omission of that kind is accepted poetic practice. Shakespeare dropped the occasional syllable in his sonnets (which are written in iambic pentameter) and elsewhere, which is good enough authority for me. That being said, I will be the first to admit my lines are little more than doggerel. Regretfully, I have not reached the level of mastery of our Versifier-In-Chief.
Vote to end Obamacare.