Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Are not poets mere copywriters . . .

Are not poets mere copywriters with
     A single client to fulfil, a smith
Of clev'rly crafted phrase and form, herewith
     To please that stringent customer of myth?

re Totally Optional Prompts: Adjectives (rfps)

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How can my Muse want subject to invent,
While thou dost breathe, that pour'st into my verse
Thine own sweet argument, too excellent
For every vulgar paper to rehearse?
O, give thyself the thanks, if aught in me
Worthy perusal stand against thy sight;
For who's so dumb that cannot write to thee,
When thou thyself dost give invention light?
Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth
Than those old nine which rhymers invocate;
And he that calls on thee, let him bring forth
Eternal numbers to outlive long date.
If my slight Muse do please these curious days,
The pain be mine, but thine shall be the praise.

— W.Shakespeare



Technical writers are copywriters without the "charisma". Poets are copywriters without the [money-paying] clients.