A poem of one hundred greetings and goodbyes. – Nonsense Poetry

The following poem was to be made entirely of nonsense words or partial words. I used repetition here to remove sense from a common word (hello), such that it focuses more primarily on the aural quality of the word. The process of losing a meaning through repetition is known as semantic satiation. As our class discussion of so-called nonsense has often broached issues of aural versus strict literal interpretation, I thought it interesting to take a word that is often heard and easily understood, rather than opting for unassailable nonsense, such as what can be found in Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky.

A poem of one hundred greetings and goodbyes.

hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello
hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello

I am inspired by the repetition of tradition and routine. I find that this poem is able to describe a monolithic approach towards the boredom and frustration of meaningless daily encounters. Without developing past bland conversation, one isn’t able to reach more deeply into a subject or interpersonal understanding. Similarly, when only looking at the most topical of issues relating to experimental poetry forms, one cannot gain any degree comprehensibility and is lost underneath quasi-intellectual jargon.

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