Thesis and Antithesis


I learned to write an essay in my seventies –
a skill I should have had when I was young.
Theme and rheme, subject affecting object,
logic through development to conclusion.

Guesstimate, authentic information,
hard facts side by side to make a point
higgledy-wild or straight extrapolation,
all wrapped up or leaving room for doubt.

Decorate the whole with apt quotation,
count the words and type the subtle title;
hand it in and wait with apprehension,
confident you’ve done your feeble best.


Meeting the Bar at dVerse tonight throws down the gauntlet to write a poem of contrasts, synonyms and antonyms scattered with gay abandon.   Do go and read other surprising poems.


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25 Responses to Thesis and Antithesis

  1. MarinaSofia says:

    You say essays, I say any type of fiction and even poetry… sounds like the process of creation to me. Except for the hard facts jostling side by side!

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  2. kaykuala says:

    That’s right Viv! It is a question of setting a resolve! Does not matter how! Doing it with confidence makes the show!


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  3. You are pretty amazing, Viv, at any age.


  4. kanzensakura says:

    Higgledy wild – thank you. I now have a perfect new expression. I just graduated from college – again last summer. Continuing to learn and be sharp and curious and at the end, just like life, hope we did our feeble best. Great read.

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  5. whimsygizmo says:

    MAN, is this ever fun to say out loud:
    “higgledy-wild or straight extrapolation”

    Delightful! Love the whole piece.

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  6. And gay abandon is what you gave us! 🙂

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  7. el34ax7 says:

    So that took my back to college! All that fear and apprehension; the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness… Quite effective!

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  8. DELL CLOVER says:

    Love it–smiling over “feeble best”, wincing over the memory of my 5th grade teacher who handed out essay assignments as punishment for any classroom misdemeanor…


  9. Oh.. Lord.. the school of thesis and opposing antithesis brings back
    memories of sidewalks of English.. oh GOD.. back then.. i cannot
    come up with a paragraph WITH a mind of multiple choice answers

    to fill holes with.. and OH god..
    now i cannot stop the paragraphs from

    coming.. coming.. more.. again..:)

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  10. Gabriella says:

    I like the idea that it is never too late to learn and can totally identify with the anxious wait for results.

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  11. C.C. says:

    Very fun topic choice and you wrote it wonderfully 🙂

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  12. Nothing can stop us 70+ year old’s–when we decide!

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  13. wolfsrosebud says:

    … and then there’s always room for improvement… LOL

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  14. colonialist says:

    You have duelled successfully with the antagonist, and given a good guide to writing an essay in the process!

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  15. Suzanne says:

    What a wonderful account of essay writing. I learnt to do it at school but never understood the process as clearly as you obviously do. There is something to be said about learning later in life – the nuances of a subject are often more deeply understood.

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  16. Mary says:

    Excellent, Viv. Love the way you used antithesis. I appreciate the idea of being confident we have done our feeble best… Ha, I often feel just that way about my poetry. Smiles! I do commend you for learning to write an essay in your 70’s. Actually I admire anyone who continues to learn. I think we MUST keep challenging ourselves throughout our lives.

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  17. Oh yes to formulate that essay.. I guess this is what it takes to be persuasive.. we need the facts and the feelings not just one of them.. what a nice approach.

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  18. tialys says:

    Definitely sounds like you did an Open University degree! Ask me how I know.

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  19. I like this a lot. I learned to write essays much earlier in life, then went to law school and it messed up my writing quite terribly. I’m finally getting back to higgledy-wild and room for doubt, a type of writing I much prefer. Peace, Linda

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  20. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Kudos for continuing to learn & grow while in your 70’s; maybe you’re more ready for fresh knowledge now. Essays always deviled me, for I wanted to turn phrases, embellish, stuff with nonsense & quantum physics; so it’s poetry for me. I really like your line /higgledy-wild or straight extrapolation/.

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