Palindromic Poems

A palindrome is anything which means the same in all the directions of axis. The same can be extended to poetry where there are a myriad of possibilities – Character/word level for a single line, Character/word level for the complete poem, line level(first poem matching the last) and many such. Sotadics is an alternate name for palindromes, mainly of the poetic type. There is an interesting story regarding him. Sotades was a Greek Poet who wrote palindromic poems of what type, we are not sure, and was famous for that. His poems are noted for being witty and sarcastic. His luck ended when he wrote a satirical poem comparing the marriage of the king of Egypt(not a Pharoah, but a Ptolemaic). The king got him sewed in a sack and got him thrown into the sea. That was the end of Sotades and the start of the word Sotadics. Ironically, it’s said, none of Sotades’ poems survive.

A small sample of line poetry is below –

I think
I know
-clearly-
a lot
about
something and nothing
about
a lot
-clearly-
I know
I think

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