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CHAT: Poetry and prose

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 16, 1998, 15:57
Raimundus A. Brown scripsit:

> The first literature of many cultures was/ is poetry.
Of every culture, I would say. M. Jourdan's discovery that all his life he has been speaking prose is actually plausible: many cultures never get as far as prose. In fact, of course, we don't speak prose, and when we hear someone doing so, we say (in English) that he talks like a book. How is this idiom represented in other languages?
> >> Language is not a long equation to me. > Nor me either.
It's interesting that one of the things people are most interested in doing with Lojban, the quintessential loglang, is writing and translating poetry! -- John Cowan You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)