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Old April 9, 2010, 21:44   #4
Nemesis
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Originally Posted by Zikke View Post
This is very good! I also enjoyed it immensely (and I especially like the meter).
It is written in iambic tetrametre, with the exception of the last line in each stanza, which is iambic trimetre. At one point, the meter is broken (an extra unstressed syllable is thrown in):
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Originally Posted by Nemesis
He took his 'Ringil' sword in hand,
long time that Sauron foe he fought,
so rested he, with the shift-r key,
and stood a while in thought.
This is however intentional, as *Bandersnatchy is a parody of Lewis Carrol's Jabberwocky, which also has a iamb replaced by an anapest at the corresponding place. That poem is the reason we have Jabberwocks in Angband, NetHack and the DOS version of Rogue (which gave all D&D monsters uncopyrighted names).

Jabberwocky:

’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.

American folk singer/guitarist Donovan did by the way a beautiful job putting music to Jabberwocky, do yourselves a favour and listen to it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ-AGLyMVHM
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