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I became curious to see whether there were similarities built into the reformulation of certain texts. Three versions of the first line are, for example, “I counted rebellions of foiled potentates,” “I watched frigid entertainments of its reign,” and “I ate fictions of pleasant slow-moving flocks,” offering a clue to the regular syntax applied to each new construction. Similarly, the same pages of each version tend towards the same stanzaic form, the same ratio of long or short lines, and so on.
This detective work comments perhaps on the closed form of the traditional sonnet and its ability to function according to a set of compositional rules, even as its words keep shifting. At the same time, reiterations is just a fun time, a lighthearted opening and closing of the book in order to see how poems transform themselves. As one of the versions of a line suggests, I, as reader, “was paddling within poesy.”mRb