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There is a form of literature of which I have only recently become aware.
Will someone please help me identify it ?
i.e., Identify the name, what it's called, where I can find it, whatever. I have seen this, but I don't know its name, genre, category, classification, or anything else for that matter.
This form of literature is similar to poetry, but it's not really a poem.
It consists of sentences and phrases, like a poem; but it's not a poem. It is prose.
Frequently, video presentation is used to put the sentences and phrases in front of the viewer on the screen so as to make it more clear how they are to be observed, in the proper order.
The sentences and phrases are initially read like a regular poem or prose (they seldom rhyme) from top to bottom, one line after the other.
When you reach the last sentence/phrase on the bottom line, you then begin reading the lines in reverse order; i.e., you read the last line "N", then the "N-1" line above it, then the "N-2" line before that, and so on, until you reach the first line.
Video is clearly a better method of presenting this, as you can scroll the text in front of the viewer, one line at a time, and then reverse the presentation, going backwards. The reader remembers the prior sentences and phrases, and as they are presented in reverse order, the original message (quite often an observation of some very undesirable part of society, life, the future, whatever) is negated in the mind of the viewer.
The concept encourages a changed attitude by simply reversing the manner and the order in which the (exact same) sentences and phrases are presented and read.
While this may sound dorky here on CodeProject (none of us will ever get into a freshman literature textbook) it can be quite inspiring writing when presented in the proper context and a conducive environment.
My problem is that I don't know what it's called, or where to find any of it.
Does anybody know the phrase ?
I'm confident I've seen at least one of these on YouTube at least once.
Has anyone else seen this ? Can anyone tell me the name of this literary form ? Got a link to any YouTube clips ?
And porn replaced love
Day after day
We are bombarded
Sex and beauty
Objects over heart
Thoughts lustful, confused reality
Isolation supplanted communication
Clouds out move clarity
Facade my life
Life my facade
Clarity move out clouds
Communication supplanted isolation
Reality confused lustful thoughts
Heart over objects
Beauty and sex
Bombarded are we
Day after day
Love replaced porn and
How about a 'palindromic poem' or 'shadow poetry'?
Thanks, still no.
I looked up those phrases and did a cursory 90 second exam to see what that's all about. That appears to be the name of what Duncan Edwards Jones posted earlier in this thread. Close, but not it.
Those are forms with the same words, but they are not the same sentences or phrases.
i.e., The palindromic poems (or shadow poems) use the same words, but they re-arrange them to form different phrases with different meanings.
In the form I'm trying to find, the sentences and phrases stay exactly the same. The words on any given line are not rearranged. They stay in the exact same order, and present the exact same phrase or sentence.
It's a nifty literary form, because the exact same sentences can convey the exactly opposite meaning just by the order in which they are read.
You read them from top to bottom, then you re-read them (the exact same lines; no changes) from bottom to top.
Thanks for the input anyway. I now have increased my vocabulary.
I believe you mean a Boomeranging Telescopic and Kaleidoscopic Phrase Maze.
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The multi-national group of experimental writers, Oulipro, has coined the phrase littérature potentielle to describe a diverse collection of works that often are written using some "constraint," for example, the lipogram form in which an entire novel is written without using a certain vowel: [^].
You might argue this is a case of Semiordnilap [^], but that's not a literary genre.
imho the 17th. century-origin word "Palindrome" might be apropos ... as adjective: 'Palindromic' ... to use for this, since its Greek roots convey the sense of running back, or backwards, and, you could argue that since the word has "generalized" in usage to include DNA sequences, you could stretch it even further to fit your use case.
There are many literary experiments that defy categorization by genre; they are often lumped together under the rubric "post-modern fiction." For example [^]:
Czech novelist Bohumil Hrabal’s "Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age" (1964), "it’s meant to make you jump out of bed in your underwear and run and beat the author’s brains out." Thirty-three pages into what appears to be an unbroken highway of text, the reader might well wonder if that’s a mission statement or an invitation. "Dancing Lessons" unfurls as a single, sometimes maddening sentence that ends after 117 pages without a period, giving the impression that the opinionated, randy old cobbler will go on jawing ad infinitum.
Or, consider the remarkable "If On a Winter Night, a Traveler" by Italo Calvino: from Wikipedia:
Each chapter is divided into two sections. The first section of each chapter is in second person, and describes the process the reader goes through to attempt to read the next chapter of the book he is reading. The second half is the first part of a new book that the reader ("you") finds. The second half is always about something different from the previous ones and the ending is never explained.
«I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center» Kurt Vonnegut.