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the statistics of poetry

By Fokkina McDonnell

I bought it for 5 Euro in De Bijenkorf,

this Rijmhandboek: practical guide

for the writing of poems and small songs


page 73 gives us the thirty most poetic

words in the Dutch language     dreaming / dreams

heads up the list which ends with lost


silent   pain   singing   wind   moon   sea   grass

fire   roads   night   dog   blood   poem   song

forgotten / forget   sun   longing   trees   dream   face   dying

sorrow   with   lap   down    light   past    death


the statisticians of language did a simple

calculation   life / live is six times more frequent

in poetry than in prose    death fourteen times


dood is a great deal more poetic than leven

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