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#3 - Accentuate - Fifty Poem Challenge
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#3 - Accentuate
 I wrote most of this sometime late last year and gave it a more recent polish.

The origin had something to do with hearing accents on the World Service and more on BBC Radio 2 and 4, that most certainly were not the "BBC English" that English language teachers the world over have been taught to teach for decades.  On the one hand, as a purist this saddens me. On the other hand, the accents that thrill me on the radio far outnumber those that grate.

And then there's the matter that my own accent is a source of amusement to many of my English friends...


I'd taken on this prejudice
Against the Estuary
Accents and the Yorkshire.

'Geordie's okay,' one says,
'Because only a Geordie
Can penetrate it.'

I loved the English of old
Auntie Beeb
Because she sang langage
As I wanted it sung.

Other voices of my
Bicoastal youth, antennaless
Untenable,
All static to me.

I denigrate those dropped syllables
As posh London friends carp
On my Los Angeles vowels,
Wide as a river mouth
As they pour out.

But no,
The language sings itself to me
If I let it, wherever I hear.
Adjust my dials,
Transistor tilted just right.
All of it can sing,
From South to the grim Northeast.
And beyond.


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notinventedhere From: notinventedhere Date: January 27th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
*** Round of applause ***

I like this.

:-)
bishopjoey From: bishopjoey Date: January 27th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
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