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Dwarf Poetica

Accidental (?) poetry in Red Dwarf...

Like a blind old incontinent sheepdog
he's had his day
Take him out to the barn with a double-barreled shot-gun
and blow the mother away.
How do you do?
How do you do?
So you must be Lister
And you are too.
But I am not human
and neither are you.
And it is not our place to judge them.
I wonder why you do.

There's at least one other I've noticed but it's not coming to me right now.


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By John Hoare on 01-05-05 @ 23:41

"How do you do?
How do you do?
So you must be Lister
And you are too."

Shouldn't that be 'Rimmer'?

By Pete Martin on 02-05-05 @ 00:32

Without trying to sound like too much of a git.....It doesn't have to rhyme to be poetry.

By Karl on 02-05-05 @ 00:34

No...the "how do you do"s were spoken by the Rimmers. The other two are the Listers.

By Phil on 02-05-05 @ 00:35

@Karl: no, of course it doesn't. I'd welcome anyone to post other forms of accidental poetry in the show as well. I'd like to see if anyone else found something.

By Phil on 02-05-05 @ 00:36

"No...the "how do you do"s were spoken by the Rimmers. The other two are the Listers."

You're right, of course. *Stupid mode cancel.

The third one is great, btw.

By Pete Martin on 02-05-05 @ 00:41

It is. Infact I found the whole thing pretty amusing. Glad I didn't come across to git-like.

Am watching some Dwarf tonight I shall keep my ears open.

By Karl on 02-05-05 @ 00:57

Actually, I was going to post a bit of Holly dialogue from Parallel Universe...the bit where he's booting up the Hop Drive...because it's an example of Chiasmus (a non-rhyming lyric with a reflective structure).

But it's such a tiny fragment that it really felt like a cheat.

By Phil on 02-05-05 @ 01:34

Ah hell, I'll post the dialogue anyway.

Engage drive
drive engaged.

Initiating ignition sequence
ignition sequence initiated.

Each one is chiasmatic because of its reflective construction. Still, it's far too brief and is pretty standard space-travel jargon so I can't include it in good conscience.

By Phil on 02-05-05 @ 01:40

There's one in Series IV which I spotted yesterday, but as comments weren't working at the time, I've forgotten it now.

I don't think they're necessarily accidental.

By Mr Flibble on 02-05-05 @ 08:33

With you
Engines dead
Air supply low
Advise please

Cor, it's like something out of a GCSE anthology...

By Seb Patrick on 02-05-05 @ 10:45

@ Flibble:
Yeah, I'm not sure if they're accidental, personally, seeing as Robert delivers his "but I'm not human" line LIKE poetry. If you can find that series IV one I'd be delighted.

@ Seb:
Either I'm really a nerd or really tired, but that absolutely made my day.

By Phil on 02-05-05 @ 14:39

The third had occured to me, but I didn't even notice the first two. How's that!

By antipodean on 06-05-05 @ 08:14

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