Poems by Engineers

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Can Engineers Write Poetry?

A number of years ago, my husband showed me an article in a publication for engineering educators. Apparently an engineering school had hypothesized that students would be better engineers if they were forced to take a class in which they were required to practice writing poetry. The results were amusing, to say the least.

I would contend that engineers can certainly learn to write well and to communicate in a technical environment; however, you probably don't want to hire them as lyricists or poets-in-residence. I say this with all due respect, since I have an engineering degree, my husband has three, and my father-in-law is an electrical engineer.

That said, I have published an e-book of haiku poetry. It was fun to do, although I confess I enjoyed formatting the book in HTML and CSS at least as much as I enjoyed writing the haiku! Yes, engineers can be weird that way.

Haiku by an Engineer

Engineer poets?
Scary to contemplate it,
Like fish on dry land.

Use words and feelings?
Alien to engineer,
Like Vulcan on Earth.

Lyrics by Engineers

Quotes from Famous Geeks

"I have had my results for a long time, but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them."
~Karl Friedrich Gauss

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."
~Wernher von Braun

"I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer."
~Neil Armstrong

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I think it is a great idea! I know some scientists in various fields that write poetry in their spare time--


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Ducks of a feather swim together. Poetic license allows for the engineer/poet possibility.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

My own husband proposed to me through a 3-page poem he had written, painstakingly rhyming every other line. The effort was a real labor of love, since writing poetry is not something he would choose to do except under extraordinary circumstances--like proposing marriage!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

That is a sweet story kschimmel--


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Are you going to Hub his proposal?


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Pixienot 4 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

I am smiling! Thank you for this insight.

I'm glad the world has engineers as well as poets. We can all live happily together. You can create the things we need while we create entertainment for you.

Good job! Short, but good! Welcome to hubpages.

Voted up and awesome


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Everyone can be a poet... LOL .. at least they can try.. Great Hub.

I voted up and awesome and interesting

debbie


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

I can't make a Hub out of his proposal poem because we can only post our own writing, right? Besides, I think it would qualify as "purely personal." Maybe I could get him to join Hubpages?

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