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An Ode to Squidoo: Thanks to Victor Hugo

Updated on April 22, 2011

Victor Hugo's Stream of Consciousness Method Was Made for Squidoo!

Hugo is known for novels and plays. This is as it should be, because he is a master at both. One of the meaningful things I did in Paris was to read the Hunchback of Norte Dame in the park just across from the cathedral, with the cathedral in view.

He has also written beautiful poetry, much of it in traditional styles.

On a trip to France, I learned of a mode of poetry that he created, one that can be used by all of us to write beautiful poems, to meditate, to pray or for therapy. I hope that many of you will use this for fun and for self awareness. It works individually and with groups. Try it and see what you can do.

Victor Hugo

"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come."

Write 8 Simple Lines.

8 lines about the same subject or 8 random line as they some to mind. Don't think too hard, or edit thoughts.

1. I love Suidoo

2. My first lens was a success!

3. I am becoming obsessed

4. My house is getting messy

5. Seth Godin is a genuous

6. I meet new people

7. People hear me

8. The most inexpensive hobby in the world

It Was Like Magic

Mirroring the Wonder of Chartre

My first experience was in a group in France. Our last day together we stayed in Chartre to walk the labyrinth. We had been traveling together for a over week and had gathered to discuss our adventures. But instead of just having the typical discussion, the leader asked us to write 4 lines about our experiences.

She then asked for 8 lines from the group, people volunteered one line each. And then what happened was magic.

Using Victor Hugo's innovation we wrote a poem that touched each of us profoundly. Using random lines from some of the members, we wrote a poem that was a representation of all of our experiences.

Note: The spiritual practice of labyrinth walking is similar to the poetry. You follow a set path, yet feeling like you are wandering lost, and have an unique spiritual experience.

Follow This Model to Your Own Magic!

So Lets Do It

That first poem was wonderful. But, I figured, it only worked because we didn't know what was coming. I was wrong. I also thought it would only work in a group. I was wrong.

Note the order. Just take your own 8 lines, number them and followed the template.

Ode to Squidoo

1. I love Squidoo

2. My first lens was a success

3. I am becoming obsessed

4. My house is getting messy

2. My first lens was a success

5. Seth Godin is a genuous

4. My house is getting messy

6. I meet new people

5. Seth Godin is a genuous

7. People hear me

6. I meet new people

8. The most inexpensive hobby in the world

7. People hear me

3. I am becoming obsessed

8. The most inexpensive hobby in the world

1. I love Squidoo.

Seth Godin

"If your idea spreads, you win,"

How It Works: A Connection to the Unconscience

It Never Ceases to Amaze Me

This started as a simple lens to tell people how to use Victor Hugo's method to write poems and all the possibilities that ensue.

While demonstrating I decided to use lines about Squidoo.

That lead to my changing the title to incorporate the Squidoo angle.

I looked up quotes and found that Godin and Hugo shared thoughts, a century apart, that fit together.

Then in trying to find how to spell unconscious I found an interesting link which is posted below, under links.

Its a steam of consciousness.

Then I realize that both the Hugo poetry method and Squidoo are both best when people allow their minds to be free while still following a structure with intellectual and spiritual honesty

I then come up with yet another connection between the two methods. The biggest difference is that lots of people know about Squiddo and very few do about the Hugo poetry method, but then Squidoo helps me spread the word about Hugo's method.

It is becoming Quantum and I am thinking of butterflies.

I could go on like this, but I am breathless and my head is spinning. I must stop.

Note to Self

Write 8 lines about current problem. Try the poem---see if it helps me think outside the box!

Reading in the Shadow of the Cathedral

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I love reading novels in the spot where the story happens. I was thrilled to read The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the shadow of the cathedral.

Look beyond the page and you will see the shadow.

Visual Tributes to Hugo's Poetry

Unlimited Possibilities

You Can Probably Think of More. Please Share Them With Us on the Guest Book

A group activity tool for group leaders

1. You can use it as an ice breaker, or for the wrap up.

2. Use it as a pre and post test for workshops. All kinds, no matter what the subject of the group.

3. Use it for all ages, kids, teens, old folks and everyone in between. If they can write or even say a line, they can do this.

Use for individuals

1. For fun

2. For spiritual discernment

3. For problem solving

4. Jeremy Taylor tells us that every dream has multiple layers. Get your dream journal, write down 8 lines from a dream, and see what you get. This should shake things up and stimulate new thought.

5. Or take lines from 2 to 8 recent dreams and do it. The cross pollination will be fascinating.

More Reasons to Love Squidoo

I followed this link from here and found this great lens which gives me another idea.

Taking one of Editor Dave's ideas, writing things down, you can just write down lines about the thought. Again, don't strive for great, or edit thoughts, just write them down. Then at the time or later, use the method and see what else comes up. Have some fun, get creative.

Bust of Victor Hugo by Rodin

Bust of Victor Hugo by Rodin
Bust of Victor Hugo by Rodin

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Seth Godin Goodies

You have got to get the Action Figure.

And the books will be an education better than an MBA! I picked a few out, but Amazon will lead you to more. Buy them all!

Seth on the Screen

A variety of videos by and about Seth Godin and Squidoo.

Some are serious and some are silly. But they are show tribute to a man who is the Guru of Viral Marketing.

Rodin Honors Hugo with a Full Sculpture Depicting The Struggle for Human Rights

Rodin Honors Hugo with a Full Sculpture Depicting The Struggle for Human Rights
Rodin Honors Hugo with a Full Sculpture Depicting The Struggle for Human Rights

I Would Love to Hear from You - And If You Wrote a Poem, Please Share It

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      It would be cool to do one of these every night about the day.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This beautiful inspiration lens featured on my lens -

      lensography-of-short-inspiring-articles-with-inspirational-and-motivational-words

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Sounds like a less-scientific explanation of the Heisenberg principle of uncertainty (sp?). In terms of manifesting the positive, one would need to cancel the problem by no longer looking at it. This looks like a way to move away from problem thinking to "Heisenburging" better things in life. Around here, we joke about the HP all the time, like, "Nice Heisenburger, want ketchup with that one? It might taste better" -:)

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Great ideas. I'll see that I can apply. Thanks.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      This is a really cool concept. Truthfully I am amazed at your ability to create so many excellent lenses so quickly. I am deeply impressed. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This lens is a good example of how to write poetry like Victor Hugo.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Fun lens. I didn't think to associate Victor Hugo with Squidoo. I like the idea of reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame opposite the cathedral. I often sit in a cafe near there, in Saint Germain, absorbing the atmosphere (et peut-être une bière)

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      great lens!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Very interesting subject - thank you for telling us about Hugo's ideas. 5*s!

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      CCGAL 9 years ago

      1) I'm glad I found this lens tonight.

      2) It's cool to meet another synthesist thinker.

      3) I must resist the urge to make it rhyme.

      4) Oh, what the heck, I'll be a stinker.

      5) A labryrinth I'll walk within my mind.

      6) An Ode to Squidoo is coalesing in my brain.

      7) now why am I thinking Iambic Pentameter?

      8) The shower in the next room sounds just like rain.

      LOL This is going to be fun. This poetry recipe is a keeper!

      I'm not a talented poet, but this was fun, and I had a great time visiting this lens. I like how you think!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Love this. Very creative. I relate to a messy house and do love Squidoo. 5*

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Love this lens. 5*

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I love it and Squidoo.

      Great Lens

      Lizzy

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      1. I love Squidoo

      3a. I've become obsessed with Squidoo

      4a. My house has gotten messy

      4b. I will hire a maid

      Great lens! Love your creativity.

      P.S. The thought of your dalmatian eating those checks --- oh my! My sister's borzoi once hate a pair of men's stretchy socks and required surgery. 5 stars!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      1. I love Squidoo

      3a. I've become obsessed with Squidoo

      4a. My house has gotten messy

      4b. I will hire a maid

      Great lens! Love your creativity.

      P.S. The thought of your dalmatian eating those checks --- oh my! My sister's borzoi once hate a pair of men's stretchy socks and required surgery. 5 stars!