0788: "The Carriage"

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0788: "The Carriage"

Postby LucasBrown » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:01 am UTC

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Alt text: "I learned from Achewood that since this poem is in ballad meter, it can be sung to the tune of Gilligan's Island. Since then, try as I might, I haven't ONCE been able to read it normally."

Imagine my APEL teacher throttling Randall Munroe.
And Hat Guy as the old lady.

I think that a real Emily Dickinson edition would involve Dickinson forcing Death to be her chauffeur*, not Dickinson stealing the carriage.

*Did I spell that right?
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"The Carriage" discussion

Postby specs112 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:01 am UTC

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Alt text: I learned from Achewood that since this poem is in ballad meter, it can be sung to the tune of Gilligan's Island. Since then, try as I might, I haven't ONCE been able to read it normally.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:05 am UTC

I think this is a bit better than what Randall has been making lately. (I still prefer the Portal version though.)

Also, I don't know the Gilligan's Island theme. Ha!
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion

Postby xe3r » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:05 am UTC

She took the scythe too.. :P

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby LucasBrown » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:07 am UTC

You're right, this is better than most...

I don't know the Gilligan theme, but I know some other annoying ballad meter tunes. Thanks, Randall.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby hatten » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:09 am UTC

What's that 'Y' doing in the bottom left corner of the second picture?

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby LucasBrown » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:11 am UTC

I'd assume it's something like the little circle in the bottom left of the screenshot below.
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby leftsquarebracket » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:11 am UTC

LucasBrown wrote:I don't know the Gilligan theme, but I know some other annoying ballad meter tunes. Thanks, Randall.

Eternal Density wrote:Also, I don't know the Gilligan's Island theme. Ha!

Well this is your lucky day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2XfQo1YguY

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby flingeon » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:12 am UTC

hatten wrote:What's that 'Y' doing in the bottom left corner of the second picture?


my guess would be it's an approximation of the UI for GTA. Apparently this edition is on a Xbox (or SNES... except I don't think GTA was ever on SNES...)

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Almost in register » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:14 am UTC

See also the TV Tropes article on Common Meter.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Uninfinity » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:15 am UTC

hatten wrote:What's that 'Y' doing in the bottom left corner of the second picture?

Pretty sure that it's the button you press that shows up on screen when you can press it.

Also, wasn't Emily Dickenson the super-shy chick who made her doctor inspect her from like 30ft away, or am I getting my Am. Lit. characters mixed up?

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby glasnt » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:24 am UTC

So lucky I don't know what Gilligan's island is.

Also, Grand Theft Auto is, properly, motor vehicle theft, which does not include horse-powered vehicles. I could totally get Emily off the charges. /judgejudy

*may or may not be right, the FBI website is shit for searching

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Gorak » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:29 am UTC

That should be Grand Theft Equine, surely?
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby rwald » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:31 am UTC

Forget Gilligan's Island, when I've got a song in ballad/common meter, I always sing it to the tune of House of the Rising Sun. It certainly adds new meaning to Mary Had a Little Lamb...

Edit: Oh, and to answer Gorak's question, the proper term is Red Dead Redemption, apparently.
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Jetflash » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:32 am UTC

Alt text: "I learned from Achewood that since this poem is in ballad meter, it can be sung to the tune of Gilligan's Island. Since then, try as I might, I haven't ONCE been able to read it normally."


It's like how I can't say "Moriarty" without a Sean Connery accent anymore.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby pbnjstowell » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:32 am UTC

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby muninsfire » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:35 am UTC

Gorak wrote:That should be Grand Theft Equine, surely?
:wink:


rwald wrote:Forget Gilligan's Island, when I've got a song in ballad/common meter, I always sing it to the tune of House of the Rising Sun. It certainly adds new meaning to Mary Had a Little Lamb...

Edit: Oh, and to answer Gorak's question, the proper term is Red Dead Redemption, apparently.


I've been referring to Red Dead Redemption as "Grand Theft Stagecoach" for a while, myself.

Also, I've now had Dickinson's poetry -much- improved by this new meme; I always found her unbearably stuffy before, but now her words are as refreshing as an ocean breeze! :lol:

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Icalasari » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:36 am UTC

So, is she going to drive over ladies who show their ankles and shoot a pistol at travelling doctors who are selling their 'medicine' on street corners?

So, how many anachronisms did I get in there?


EDIT: Damnit, I randomly got the first season Pokemon theme song in my head, and now it's fusing with Gilligan's Island, creating some sort of freakish hybrid that threatens to devour my brain ;.;

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby cptjeff » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:42 am UTC

glasnt wrote:So lucky I don't know what Gilligan's island is.

Also, Grand Theft Auto is, properly, motor vehicle theft, which does not include horse-powered vehicles. I could totally get Emily off the charges. /judgejudy

*may or may not be right, the FBI website is shit for searching


Try an actual legal resource rather then the public webpage of the FBI. You won't find statute there. . Also, theft laws would be state, so the definition's gonna vary. I would suggest something like findlaw, though all states are going to have their statues publicly posted somewhere.

Edit: Glancing at NY law, there's no separate classification for auto theft. You'll wind up with a larceny charge, with degree depending on the value. A typical auto theft would be Grand Larceny in the third degree, which is classified as a Class D felony. That's for items in value from 3,000 to 50,000 dollars, BTW. 2nd is 50k to 1 million, 1 million or above is 1st degree. 4th degree has numerous classifications that can qualify it, not just value. Petit Larceny is only a misdemeanor, it's any theft that does not meet any of the grand larceny standards.

If you want to go over the relevant statute, http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/nycode/PEN/THREE/J/155
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby aurumelectrum13 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:46 am UTC

One of my favorite Dickinson poems!

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby muninsfire » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:49 am UTC

cptjeff wrote:
glasnt wrote:So lucky I don't know what Gilligan's island is.

Also, Grand Theft Auto is, properly, motor vehicle theft, which does not include horse-powered vehicles. I could totally get Emily off the charges. /judgejudy

*may or may not be right, the FBI website is shit for searching


Try an actual legal resource rather then the public webpage of the FBI. You won't find statute there. . Also, theft laws would be state, so the definition's gonna vary. I would suggest something like findlaw, though all states are going to have their statues publicly posted somewhere.


US Code's sufficient, if she were to cross state lines--Title 18 section 2119 may qualify, though I'm not sure whether she's -causing- death or just -pissing off- death at that juncture ;-p

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby degroof » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:51 am UTC

Her poems also work with the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas".

Along similar lines, all limericks can be sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "Piano Man".

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby griffincat » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:54 am UTC

Yeah, it'll also fit to the Eagles' "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and any settings of Amazing Grace.

With slight alteration, it will also fit the Mickey Mouse Club theme song.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Kadzar » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:56 am UTC

Icalasari wrote:EDIT: Damnit, I randomly got the first season Pokemon theme song in my head, and now it's fusing with Gilligan's Island, creating some sort of freakish hybrid that threatens to devour my brain ;.;
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby 1337geek » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:05 am UTC

Amazing Grace works too.

Edit: Someone already said it. Sorry.
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby funda » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:10 am UTC

Icalasari wrote:So, is she going to drive over ladies who show their ankles and shoot a pistol at travelling doctors who are selling their 'medicine' on street corners?

So, how many anachronisms did I get in there?


EDIT: Damnit, I randomly got the first season Pokemon theme song in my head, and now it's fusing with Gilligan's Island, creating some sort of freakish hybrid that threatens to devour my brain ;.;



Don't worry, help is here.

The ultra super super Earworm extractor is online and ready. :)

http://unhearit.com/
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Try this website, but be careful, you might end up with a crazier tune stuck in your head.


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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby mjc0961 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:20 am UTC

hatten wrote:What's that 'Y' doing in the bottom left corner of the second picture?
You press Y on the 360 controller or Triangle on the PS3 controller (both buttons are in the same spot) to get into cars and steal them in GTA. So it's probably meant to be a button prompt.

Anyway I was thinking more of Red Dead: Emily Dickson Edition myself.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby ManiaMan88 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:30 am UTC

The theme song to The Beverly Hill Billies is also in ballad meter. Any Emily Dickinson poem can be sung to the tune of either.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby MSTK » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:36 am UTC

griffincat wrote:Yeah, it'll also fit to the Eagles' "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and any settings of Amazing Grace.

With slight alteration, it will also fit the Mickey Mouse Club theme song.


this is amazing
are there any other songs that are in Common Meter?

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby sehkzychic » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:57 am UTC

My American lit teacher once told us that (nearly) all of Emily Dickinson's poems can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas." In fact, she was famous for performing several of her favorites for the class every year, as well as by special request at the talent show. :D

Anyway, ever since, I haven't been able to read Emily Dickinson and take it seriously. (Except for the one about Hope being a feathered thing or something like that.)

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby phlip » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:03 am UTC

MSTK wrote:are there any other songs that are in Common Meter?

The TVT link aways up the page has a pretty big list (though it has some questionable entries... Working Class Man? Really?).

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby atomfullerene » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:07 am UTC

Approximately half* of all songs can be sung in common meter. I love common meter for this reason. I have a kickin' awesome version of "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun" sung by the Blind Boys of Alabama.

*a slight exaggeration

Another fun song meter crossover is from Lord of the Rings. Take the following poem about Elbereth....fancy sounding elvish right?

A Elbereth Gilthoniel,
silivren penna miriel
o menel aglar elenath,
na-chaered palan diriel
o galadhremmin ennorath
nef aear, sí aearon,
Fanluilos, le linnathon
Nef aear, sí aearon!

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Daedalus733 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:10 am UTC

Icalasari wrote:EDIT: Damnit, I randomly got the first season Pokemon theme song in my head, and now it's fusing with Gilligan's Island, creating some sort of freakish hybrid that threatens to devour my brain ;.;


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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Chris Dude70 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:47 am UTC

I think the Y in the corner might symbolise the button you press to hijack cars on the Xbox360 version of GTA.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby HonoreDB » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:57 am UTC

My introduction to the alt-text's trick was Neil Gaiman's guest episode of Babylon Five. The ghosts of the dead return for a night to share their wisdom with the living. Unfortunately, Garibaldi gets stuck with a somewhat dim footsoldier who breezily offers this fact, then spends the rest of the night trying to seduce him.

See also Lore's Doodah News Ticker.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby kilik » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:10 am UTC

rwald wrote:Forget Gilligan's Island, when I've got a song in ballad/common meter, I always sing it to the tune of House of the Rising Sun. It certainly adds new meaning to Mary Had a Little Lamb...

Edit: Oh, and to answer Gorak's question, the proper term is Red Dead Redemption, apparently.


Sadly the organ bit falls right in between two connected stanzas, which messes with the flow. Shame though, I really wanted this to work.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby littlelj » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:38 am UTC

I heard this poem for the first time on Tuesday - on a British TV hospital soap. Weird timing. Didn't know who it was by, though, so Randall has educated me once again. I've never really studied American literature: Harper Lee and Toni Morrison are the only American authors to get on the curriculum I followed.

rwald wrote:Forget Gilligan's Island, when I've got a song in ballad/common meter, I always sing it to the tune of House of the Rising Sun.

Damn you. Now I will too. And guess what earworm I'm going to be humming all day?!
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Felstaff » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:53 am UTC

You will now be singing the poem to the tune of Auld Lang Syne

    Because I could not stop for Death,
    He kindly stopped for me;
    The carriage held but just ourselves
    And Immortality.

    We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
    And I had put away
    My labor, and my leisure too,
    For his civility.

    We passed the school where children played,
    Their lessons scarcely done;
    We passed the fields of gazing grain,
    We passed the setting sun.

    We paused before a house that seemed
    A swelling of the ground;
    The roof was scarcely visible,
    The cornice but a mound.

    Since then 't is centuries; but each
    Feels shorter than the day
    I first surmised the horses' heads
    ...for the sake of Auld Lang Syne

You will now no longer be able to read the poem without adopting the tune to Auld Lang Syne.
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Red Hal » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:36 am UTC

Auld Lang Syne? Pah!
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Plasma Man » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:08 am UTC

ITT: People try to infect each other with earworms.

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