The poems exhibited in this special post pay homage to rhyming schemes and rhythmic devices as well as symmetry, compatibility, calligraphy, styling, designing and graphics, all of which are in the service of the simultaneous presentation of art and poetry, both texturally and pictorially.
For example, in the third line of both stanzas of SoundEagle🦅’s poem displayed above, “Rein” rather than “Reign” is technically more appropriate, as explained in a blog post of the Oxford Dictionaries entitled “Rein or reign?”, not to mention that “Reign” is intransitive as a verb. Nevertheless, the blog post also states: “There’s obviously a strong tendency in our minds to wish to associate the phrase free rein with allowing a person the freedom of power that some rulers formerly wielded when reigning over their oppressed subjects: I can see the somewhat tenuous logic in this.” Aside from that, SoundEagle🦅 has chosen to use “Reign” instead of “Rein” in the poem for the following reasons:
- To deploy or exploit the close connections and ambiguities between the words “Reign” and “Rein” in their spellings, connotations and denotations with respect to the subject matters and stylistic delivery of the poem.
- To convey the poem more on linguistic imports and figurative potentials rather than literal meanings.
- Unlike the Horse🐎 (of the Gothic Knight), SoundEagle🦅 is never (meant, fit or compelled) to be reined in or ridden on, with or without a rein.
- SoundEagle🦅 prefers the word “Reign” as it feels more “Regal”. Without the letter g, “Regal” loses its magic and becomes “Real” just as “Reign” turns into a rather drab “Rein”, which is meant for the Horse🐎, not for a noble being or entity like SoundEagle🦅 or the Unicorn🦄.
- “Reign” is more interesting than “Rein” since the former’s letter g is the only alphabet protruding downwards, much like the letter p in the word “Usurp” from the preceding line of the poem. In other words, “Reign” and “Usurp” have higher compatibility with respect to calligraphy.
- Another compatibility (as well as symmetry) is also at play to the extent that SoundEagle🦅 would like to start each of the two inner lines of the first stanza with a verb comprising five letters. “Reign” and “Usurp” both have five. “Rein” has only four.