Modernizing Poetry

The use of graphemic elements – without consideration for their phonemic values – as a form of wordplay is a highly underrated poetic technique, one whose mechanisms have the potential to be much more subtle (and therefore more mysterious and transportive) than those of aural wordplay, and the scant attention paid to it is likely due to no reason other than poetry’s history as a fundamentally oral art. But because contemporary poetry is primarily consumed as literature, the visual qualities of poetry should be accorded more prominence.

Below is an example of one method out of many of using patterns of graphemes in an interesting and creative way. The rule for generating the following list is to include pairs of words that contain a sequence of five or more identical graphemes.

pulchritude/sepulchre
origami/rigmarole
omniscient/scientist
bioluminescent/voluminous
lullaby/hullabaloo
gorgon/forgone
aurora borealis/incorporeality
emerald/ephemeral
chameleon/nameless
dimension/embodiment
digital/prestidigitation
constellation/fellatio
fingerprint/enterprise
silicon/basilica
necromancy/romance
obsidian/subsidiary
astronaut/gastronomy
universe/rivers
monolith/demonology
apocryphal/ithyphallic
arboreal/hyperborean
vermilion/buttermilk
blossom/glossolalia
iridescent/bridesmaid
underworld/wonderwork
demon/pandemonium
melancholy/Blanche
whisper/disperse
liquid/reliquiae
mellifluous/jellify
cadence/decadence
sphere/deciphered
satanic/botanical
scavenge/avenge
compass/impasse
alien/salient
camouflage/flagellate
hideout/hideous
elude/prelude
vessel/tessellated
dragonfly/tarragon
porcelain/forceless
temporal/emporium
compose/pomposity
ravenous/intravenous
subtle/doubtless
scripture/sculpture
graffiti/traffic
nightlife/weightlifter
chime/chimera
gravestone/travesty
gravedigger/depraved
mandala/sandal
raindrop/palindrome
hallucination/phallus
celestial/voiceless
humiliation/familiar
evolve/revolver
apocalypse/eucalyptus
pentagram/parentage
phantom/hierophant
socialism/Cialis
fractal/anfractuous
indescribable/incandescent
marriage/miscarriage
spider/epidermis
synesthesia/kinesthetic
crystal/systaltic
future/haute couture
nectar/sectarian
stalactite/galactic
assassin/harassing
pirate/irate
savannah/savant
fragment/figment
harmony/warmonger
masterpiece/caterpillar
rapture/scripture
cavity/suavity
filament/lament
flower/lower
arachnid/parachute
scarab/mascara
island/slander
wander/pander
silence/pestilence
phenomenon/cognomen
undulate/pendulate
fountain/untainted
Jupiter/sempiternal
orange/strange
ambergris/chamber
translation/manslaughter
nautilus/aeronautics
fable/ineffable
canopy/Canopus
fissure/pressure
vanish/Upanishad
android/Andromeda
mausoleum/petroleum
chandelier/candelabra
candelabra/zinfandel
quantum/piquant
lantern/vigilante
serpent/perpendicular
equinox/quinoa
glimpse/palimpsest
delirious/hilarious
antediluvian/alluvial
whimsical/musical
disciple/principle
garland/parlance
spice/auspice
thunder/maunder
illusion/allusion
crematorium/amatory
rumination/illuminate
doppelgänger/danger
tapestry/ancestry
hologram/mythology
reverie/forever
mansion/ascension
stigmata/enigmatic
conundrum/panjandrum
aleatoric/satori

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