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Re: Old English--style poetry

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Saturday, November 22, 2003, 18:58
On Sat, 22 Nov 2003 08:21:56 -0500, Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>

> On the subject of Unicode, when writing the Old English--style poetry > with > the gap in the middle of the line, do you use an em-space, some other > Unicode thing, or layout? Also, why's it there?
When I was toying with conlang translations of Beowulf (failed dismally as soon as it started getting difficult), I used a TAB character in the source text. In my translations, I used PIE poetic meter, i.e. roughly "xu-x xuu -u-x", which fitted the first couple of lines damned well (except I had to take Hw&t! and make it a quasi-line of it's own (Lhus!)). After that it became increasingly hard to stuff things in and maintain alliteration, all the while making up new lexemes. If I had enough perseverence, I suspect it could have become my magnum opus, but I'm just too much of a quitter ;-) Paul