douglas scotney

Gold Star - 7,490 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

'Englewax' - The Growth Of A Language - Poem by douglas scotney

Rarely now surrounded by
or possessing herself
the genuine affection
she had grown to love,
in her cold spot
she withered further with each act
or expression
that lacked
what she called 'genuity'.

Her sense of humour started to turn on extremes.
She went to France and called her condition 'Ingennui'.

Regarding 'genuity':
the more she saw the loss of it,
the more she saw its opposite,
the more was possessed 'ingenuity'
of significance deeply composite.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Englewaxitis - growing pains of our language

Comments about 'Englewax' - The Growth Of A Language by douglas scotney

  • Rookie - 432 Points Danny Draper (6/25/2013 8:27:00 AM)

    A clever write Sir, the last stanza out grabe. And the new words mimsy at least. Ah the language is a ravage beast. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 4,107 Points Diane Hine (6/22/2013 10:08:00 PM)

    A keen dissection of meanings. Now we need to tackle archaic English spelling. Thankfully new invented words are often phonetic. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,896 Points Gajanan Mishra (6/22/2013 8:12:00 PM)

    good poem, present position of a language everywhere, affect of English. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 22, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013


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