An Untitled Piece of Writing

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A short piece of untitled writing, followed by an in-depth analysis of the writing, in the form of a negative commentary.

Submitted: April 04, 2016

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An Untitled Piece of Writing

by R J Dent

 

 

Text:

 

Huh nee... mm mm... ow ryu...hrn ee... yeh... mm hm... mtu... ths gd... wzs tht thn... bh cs... mmm... i fl lk... mm mm... skn... lkn... fkn... yr ck... yd oo dyr... ys iyd oo... wl i fl lk lkn... skn... fkn... yr cn t... du yu rly... yr id oo... mm... ino... hm hm... yu wn tha... ym mm... oh... an tha... mmm... ye ye... oka... thn dw tha... ohh... fme... yeh... mmm... thas fkn byu tfl... oh... oh oh... ye... ye... yeh... jee sus... yr fkn lv lee... ah... nd yr fkn lv lee tu... ah... tk dty tu me... hwd ym een... kmon y no... dty wds... tht srt oth ng... oka... bnd ovr bch... oh... oka... nw gwon... sprd m wd... oh... f me... mm mm... gw on bby... pt yr fce thr... mm mm... thas t... stk yr tng rt upt... ths t... o yh... gwon... lkit... hrd... ye ye... o... ye... dwit fm ee... sy mr dty wds... whl i sk yu... yu va lvl ee cnt... a byu tfl... lv lee… tst ee cnt... o... ar... yss... sy mr... cll m… nms… y slt... ah yss... mr... y byu tfl fkn lvl ee chp sl te hr... o yss... ths it... n ow... rm tn... yra... byu tfl... fkn bch... hhh... ng... gg... cl me a byu tfl hr gn... yu byu tfl fkn hr... lv lee... lv yu... lv yr boh dee... suh byu tfl... hr... oh ye... oh yeh... k moh vrm ee... k minm ee... ths it.... yeh o... ah... oh... ah... oh... yss... ll vu... gv... it... t... me... hrd... slm tn... aa... aa... ys... fk... fk... ah... fk hrd rr... ys... ys... fk m... fk m... ohh hhh... yssss... hg gh... hh hg gh... yaa... yaa... hg... gh... fr... haaa... huhu... hu... yehh... mmm hmm... hmm mmm... yu ka ym... mm... me tu...

 

 

Commentary:

 

And so, if you should happen to find writing of the type that is taking up the space above these expositional lines, examine it carefully for what sort of text it might be – and what it might be doing. Does it have a purpose? A meaning? Are there any messages in it? Is it of any practical use? Do we learn anything from it? Is it English (Standard, I mean)? Does it conform to the grammatical and lexical rules we all know so well? If not, why not?

 

In all honesty (and on a personal level), I have to say that it simply won't pass muster as a good piece of writing. It has no structure, no syntax, minimal punctuation, absolutely no style at all (the writer apparently doesn't understand what style is), and as for the correct use of literary devices to provide analogues and therefore emphasize or increase meaning(s), well – it might as well be written in code. Register and tenor have been disregarded (the author may be unaware of their existence), and most of the recognizable tropes have been eschewed (probably out of ignorance on the author's part). Not only that, but the very necessary beginning, middle and end that Aristotle posits as essential to all good stories have been abandoned. The writer appears to know nothing at all regarding the craft of writing.

 

Anyway, the point is this: if you do see writing similar to the example that's printed above, don't mistake it for a story, or a poem, a play, or anything else remotely literary, will you? I say this because it's quite obviously yet another one of those mess-about-with-the-punctuation-and-typography pieces of arty nonsense. It’s the kind of text that is, unfortunately, starting to become all too prevalent – and usually written by those without the talent or the ability to tell a straight story.

 

These shallow, repetitive texts are pieces that many try to give value to by describing them as 'experimental', whereas, even a cursory glance at any random place: ‘k moh vrm ee... k minm ee... ths it.... yeh o... ah’ for instance, reveals the text to be an anti-literary, vacuous pieces of nonsense with no point, no significance and no content. It contains no visible understanding of human nature either. The writer of such a piece of pedestrian ‘writing’ appears to be simply unable to communicate with us in a normal, sensible way that we can all understand at a glance. The author is hardly telling us anything we don't know already, is he/she?

 

In fact, in this instance, I'd go as far as to say this – I think we should all go on our finely-honed instincts and reflexes and denounce it for the senseless, illiterate, pointless insult to real writing that it so obviously is and always will be for as long as it continues to exist.

 

Publishers shouldn't touch it, magazines should reject it, decent writers should scorn it, and readers should ignore it. No one will learn anything from it and every reader will have wasted valuable time on it – time which they could have been using profitably on something else.

 

So, I think that now we've proved it lack of value, we can do with it what any decent human being would do with what is possibly the most worthless, tasteless, empty piece of uncreative typing I've ever had the misfortune to (I won’t say ‘read’)  pass my eyes over. Here's what we can do – we can ignore it! Yes, that's what we do with incomprehensible rubbish such this – we ignore it. We give it the lack of attention it deserves. You heard me correctly; turn your back on it and help rid the world of all such ignorant drivel. Go on – ignore it!

 

 

 

 

An Untitled Piece of Writing

Copyright © R J Dent (2016)

 

 

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