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Speak Easy


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ilence.
Then the puppy sneered:
so you're a Beatles fan?
Too dumb to know he's stupid,
but his uncle is The Man.
The rest of us said nothing,
cause what was there to say?
Just waited for the driller
to set the typo straight.

Molasses slow,

he dipped his bill,
tapped and lit a smoke.
Half the gasper lunged to ash
before the old dog spoke:
I am the Yeggman!
You hear? The Yeggman.
You's a wiseass,
full as a goog.




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Knot,

I always enjoy your dialect pieces for their sound of authenticity, which is largely owed to the vocabulary that can be obscure to someone not part of the culture. That being said, I was hoping I could look up some of these words to provide a better understanding of the piece, but I couldn't find anything concrete. I'm not putting the fault of my inability to properly understand the poem on you because of the internet's incompetence, of course, so maybe you could clarify the meaning of some of these words? They're only two: goog and Yeggman. If these words aren't vital to understanding the poem then you don't have to comment on this.

(09-05-2019, 07:58 PM)Knot Wrote:  .
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ilence. I like this for an opening line. Though it doesn't provide the reader with any concrete imagery right away, it puts tension in the air. I'm wondering what led to this silence?
Then the puppy sneered: I'm guessing "puppy" is actually a person, which would give this poem N. American roots.
so you're a Beatles fan?
Too dumb to know he's stupid,
but his uncle is The Man.
The rest of us said nothing,
cause what was there to say? Maybe an apostrophe before "cause"
Just waited for the driller
to set the typo straight. Not sure what the typo was. Maybe I missed something? 

Molasses slow, Maybe add a dash between these two words
he dipped his bill,
tapped and lit a smoke.
Half the gasper lunged to ash Love the rhythm of this line as it conveys its image.
before the old dog spoke:
I am the Yeggman!
You hear? The Yeggman.
You's a wiseass, "Wiseass" makes me think of someone who's speaking from the northeast part of the U.S.. Maybe like NY or NJ?



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I might be too uninformed about the poem's cultural context to give this any feedback that's of use. Regardless, I still hope something here was useful.

Alex
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Hi Alex,
thanks for the read.
I like the idea of a dash between 'Molasses' and 'slow', thanks.

Most of the 'dialect' is pre-World War II slang (though not exclusively US).
The two you asked about:
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/yeggman
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/goog

Oh, and 'typo' is a play on 'tyro' .... I couldn't resist it Smile

(The final four lines are intended to sound similar to the chorus of I Am The Walrus)


Hope that helps.


Best, Knot




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