A Conversation for The Post Writing Challenge: Diamonds in the Rough

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Post 1



You actually quote Diamond parodying Longfellow. There was an obvious poet if you really had to contrive this vacuous comparison.

Blake was sometimes simple but never peurile. He had high hopes for America, and high regard for its principles, learning and piety. I don't suppose you've ever read 'America, a Prophecy', otherwise you'd never have asserted what you did.

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Post 2


This is starting to sound like the music press, smiley - rofl, particularly back in the 70s and 80s when certain music mags would so called intellectually analyse the work on an artist, or a type of music, but it did tend to get a bit erm vitriolic, in fact one particular magazine was famous for its ripping apart, and it became a bit of thing, y'know,if a band could survive the reviews from this magazine, then they could survive anything. heheh.

Sorry, Pinniped, I know you're talking to Dmitri here. And sorry DG, I know you're talking to Pinniped here. In fact, sorry guys, I shouldn't have got involved, as I read this post by mistake en route to mine, but hey. So now I am ranting haha, and you can knock me on the head with a mallet.

Ah well, you know, I never was one for intellectual analysis. I don't know much about William Blake, I don't know much about Neil Diamond. Both are artists, just a couple of human beings, inspirational in their own way, both with their own struggles.

Blake was mentioned in the music press quie a lot, around the time when Van Morrison was writing Blake inspired songs. I watched a documentary about Neil Diamond recently, about his life. Very interesting.

I really don't get it, I have to say. Everyone has a right to choose whatever kind of art inspires them. I prefer the eclectic approach. Whatever gets you there. From Beefheart to Beethoven. haha. But I really don't get all the other stuff that goes on, like all the ripping apart, if an artist doesn't inspire.

Bit like when Dylan went electric. heheh. Booed all around the world.

Ah, well, whatever, and I'm not really one for competitions, and all this showcasing thing, and it all. But, y'know, hey, that's just me, and I shouldn't be here anyway, so now I am going to knock myself on the head with a mallet, but maybe I will have breakfast first.

H smiley - ok

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Post 3

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

Golly. I must have struck a nerve I didn't know was there.

For the record:

Apologies to anybody who thought I was saying that Neil Diamond was a great poet. The management distances itself from any such assertion. The line 'Words she brang to me' is not even good English. As Mark Twain said, 'Use the word for a thing, not its second cousin.' As he also said, when viewing an autograph of Christopher Columbus in Genoa, 'What kind of penmanship is THAT? We've got 10-year-old children who write better than that.'

The comparison to William Blake was meant as a joke.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the bane of my school years. Young people, rejoice: you no longer can be forced to read ALL of his epic poems, and can stay far from the shores of Gitchee Goomee, except in Diamond's songs. Which you may like, or not like, to suit yourselves. I'm not the music police.

Diamond is a sort of Kevin Bacon of musicians. He's so eclectic, anybody can find inspiration in there, even if only of a negative sort. Hence the challenge.


For those who do not get the Bacon reference - which means you aren't a sociologist or a hard-core movie buff:


For my favourite poem by William Blake (no, not 'America, a Prophecy'), click here:


My all-time favourite line of Neil Diamond's:

'Like a man with a tiger outside his gate,
Not only couldn't relax, but he couldn't relate...'

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Do I dare to confess to not knowing anything about Neil Diamond? smiley - doh

I will have to go and do some research. smiley - run

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Actually, having read some of those lyrics, I can see why Pinn is so cross about the comparison with Blake.
smiley - laugh

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Post 6

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

smiley - rofl I think I will have to label these literary jokes in future. smiley - whistle

As in:

smiley - jester MVP, why wouldn't you be bowled over by a lyric such as:

'I am, I said
To no one there
An no one heard at all
Not even the chair...'

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Post 7


smiley - rofl

Even a Vogon could do better than that!

I'll have to think about it.

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Post 8

aka Bel - A87832164

MVP, I couldn't cite a single ND song. I think I know exactly a line each of two of his songs. smiley - rofl

I will writre the ANTI poem. smiley - evilgrin

Helen, I hope you'll charm me again with one of your wonderful stories. smiley - hug

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Post 9

Lanzababy - Guide Editor

I just mentioned this challenge to the magician. Without any prompting he launched into a full scale musical rendition of 'Love on the Rocks' (Well he is an Entertainer, and he was already dressed for his show) so I was well-impressed by modern youth. It's not very often you get serenaded by a man, out of the blue like that.

I've no idea what the neighbours thought of this, impromptu song and dance routine on the balcony - but I enjoyed it. It quite made my evening! smiley - laugh

. . .and yes he knew every word.

So, I shall be taking up this challenge, but I'll choose a different song. smiley - shhh I'm not telling you which one smiley - winkeyesmiley - whistle

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

Heh-heh. Thanks for the word picture, I'm imagining this now.

And it's chased 'Moon of Alabama' completely out of my head, thank you, thank you. smiley - biggrin

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And I shall come up with a serious rant smiley - sadface

or a silly jingle smiley - smiley

or both smiley - sadfacesmiley - smiley

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Post 12

Lanzababy - Guide Editor

a rant, in the form of a jingle? Might be fun! smiley - laughsmiley - run

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