Oulipost 3 — Definitional Lit: It’s Not Talent, Surely






Dieffenbach, Jay, ‘Red Sox Top the Jersey Sales List; Goldschmidt Missing’ <http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2014/04/03/diamondbacks-goldschmidt-red-sox-top-jersey-sales/7257535/&gt; [accessed 3 April 2014]

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online, http://www.merriam-webster.com

Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictinary, http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/

Rhyme Zone: http://www.rhymezone.com/r/d=just


PROMPT: Select a single sentence from a newspaper article. Replace each meaningful word in the text [verb, noun, adjective, adverb] by its dictionary definition. Repeat this treatment on the resulting sentence, and so on, until you’ve had enough! Note that after only two such treatments with a relatively compact dictionary, even a two-word sentence can produce an accumulation of 57 words.

NOTES:  This is one experiment where I am not really happy with the results.  The prompt said to define “important words,” and I defined every word, through two iterations.  My original sentence was “It’s not talent, surely.”  I admit, I am fascinated by the number of words it takes to define “It is” and “not,” and how bewildering the definitions themselves can be. Once I had them all pasted up in order, I went through and edited the verbs to match the original syntax of the sentence, added some punctuation and sort of… smoothed it out here and there.  The visual display was to make the place of the negation clear in the sentence.

#Oulipost #NaPoWriMo2014





5 thoughts on “Oulipost 3 — Definitional Lit: It’s Not Talent, Surely

  1. How creative! I love how you’ve used three images as three stanzas, each one more dense with text but with the underlying universal background image (defied, obviously) signifying “Thou Shalt Not” to the modern person.

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