Re: [unrev-II] Poetry and Knowledge Management (was Jack's Use Case)

From: Eric Armstrong (
Date: Fri Oct 27 2000 - 14:03:26 PDT

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    As a poet in college, I can tell you that the greatest
    delight was in creating intentionally ambiguous lines
    -- where *every* possible meaning was intended. I called
    that "creative ambiguity".

    The potential for ambiguity came not only from the different
    meanings a word could have, but from sound-alike words,
    as well.

    To construct a very-artificial example, off the top of
    my head:
      "No", yourself!
      Know, yourself.
      Know your self.

    Especially for poems meant to be read or sung, where the
    potentially dis-ambiguating punctuation is obscured, such
    lines were the height of deliciousness!

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