Monday, April 23, 2007

Is it just me...

... or has anyone else noticed that the Green Lantern oath is written in iambic tetrameter?

For those unwilling to follow the link, an iamb is the base unit of Classical Greek poetry. It consists of a short syllable (italic) followed by a long syllable (bold). Tetrameter means that there are four iambs per phrase.

In bright -est day, in black -est night,

No e -vil shall es -cape my sight!

Let those who wor -ship e -vil's might

Be -ware my pow'r -- Green Lan -tern's light!

Now I'm tempted to do "Green Lantern, as written in Heroic Verse."


Johnny Velocity said...

Alfred Bester was a very good writer - not only did he author the oath, he won the first Hugo Award for The Demolished Man, and also wrote the classic The Stars My Destination.

As a side note, the look for the Golden Age Green Lantern was designed by Martin Nodell, who also designed designed that delightful little fella we know as the Pillsbury Dough boy.

Lots of neat GL trivia out there...

Lomie said...

Oh please, please, do a Green Lantern verse, or GL story as written by "blank."

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