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The Paradoxist Distich Theory (Fore/word and Back/word) The Fourth Paradoxist Manifesto

By Florentin Smar


The PARADOXIST DISTICH consists of two verses, antithetic to each other, but which together amalgamate in a whole defining (or making connection with) the title. Commonly, the second verse negates the first, containing therefore an antonymic/antagonistic notion/collocation or opposite idea. The making of the distich:- Take a dictionary of phrases and linguistic expressions, proverbs, sayings, teachings, aphorisms, riddles, adages, maxims, quips, or famous sayings of wellknown personalities, and contradict them without pity, shear them!- Or take a dictionary of antonyms, and another of synonyms and joggle with contradictory notions/collocation/phrases- homogenizing heterogenic elements; choose also an adequate title and you enter in Paradoxism. The School of Paradoxist Literature, which evolved around 1980s, continues through these bi-verses closed in a new lyric exact formula, but with an opening to essence. For this kind of procedural poems one can elaborate mathematical algorithms and implement them in a computer: but, it is preferable a machine with … soul! Characteristics: The whole paradoxist distich should be as a geometric unitary parabola, hyperbola, ellipse at the borders between art, philosophy, rebus, and mathematics – which exist in complementariness; and to contain:- Antitheses, antinomies, antagonisms, antiphrases, paraphrases, contrary metaphors, polarizations

Topics: paradoxes at the semantic level
Year: 2013
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