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Sunday, September 21, 2014

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In poetry what does the term “Third Person Persona Omniscient” mean? This phase means that the poet is no longer the lead character in the poem, but rather has taken on the task of observer whose role now is to observe, follow the characters with great passion like those paparazzi and narrate own perspective, the innermost thoughts of those characters in the poem, from every conceivable angle. This shifting role from “First Person Persona” to “Third Person Persona Omniscient” is tactically achieved by making use of any of the following pronouns; “she”, “he”, “it”, “her”, “him”, “they” and “them” as shown in Flowchart below.




The poem “Rhyming for True” as shown below is an example of a poem written in Third Person Persona Omniscient.

Ryming for True
(Third Person Persona Omniscient)

 “Water, glycerin, oil or gel”, she yelled;
And thinks kids don’t have a clue how to spell;
Anxious boys rubbed their heads before the bell;
Today, the tap runs slow; she said “Oh well,
Drench them now before their skins burn like hell”.
In her mind’s eye she sees water abuse
This issue she likes to bring up with Bruce.

Lather every body part up and down
Face first; “What for?” he said “in front the clown”;
“Wash very well between those locks and curls”;
She said to him, “Get off my bloody nerves”.
“See now they all have eaten the hors d'oeuvres”.
Cleanliness is uppermost in Sue’s mind;
Thinks gluttony is a child of a swine.

“Hey, see those trees all dressed in coats of snow
On their trunks, leaves, limbs; Oh how well they glow;
Spring has come to wash them from head to toe,
Refreshed with food” she said, and so much more;
In her eyes she mused; spring is at man’s door;
She fancies prancing in crop-over band,
Sweet calypso vibes, with her toes in sand...

“Mom always sings in bathroom” said Michelle
“Then off she goes to work fields at Bakewell”;
She likes wearing shoes from Mademoiselle;
Holding noses they shouted as they ran
Must be thinking that skunks hide in bedpan,
In that house that is never spick-and-span;
To romp and roll with mahogany bird.

“Deadly tornado struck Oklahoma,
Wind speed has moved on to Arizona”
Said the storm chaser to the Governor;
Anderson Cooper from cable network
Said, “First responders’ knees deep, in hard work”;
A transvestite was seen fleeing the scene;
Ghastly faces say their fears are routine.

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The third box on this flowchart shows third person pronouns which poets evoke when writing poems in third person persona.  The poem "Irritation in Hendecasyllable" shown below this chart is a Third Person Persona Limited Omniscient poem.

Irritation in Hendecasyllable

Oh my, this day for her started so very mean;
She began work day with friendly smiles and keen;
Low and behold, some fiend stuck her with a pin;
Such brutal assault can only be a sin.
Battered so unjustly in cyber-valley,
From space claws, and left half-dead, the finale;
To my mind this smells like some conspiracy;
Ponder now over such blatant lunacy.
She should never think to battle a bobcat;
Or any alley cat that likes a fur mat;
So on her head it keeps raining cats and dogs ;
Night is here and so too are her whistling frogs.
Those voodoo gods she should on them cast her spell;
For such pain on her around the water well.

In a Third Person Persona Limited Omniscient poem, the poet writes the story from the viewpoint of one character in the story and lets the reader know what one character thinks, sees, knows, hears and feels. Note carefully the type of third person pronouns are use in the poem, and feelings injected in the poem toward the character;  for they give clues as to whether the poem is really in the realm of a "Third Person Persona Limited Omniscient" poem.

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