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Arariax, born around -280 EC, was one of Ghyll's most influential poets. Poeting in close to every style, on the subject of close to anything, his notebooks reveal an evident truth close to everyone who reads it. Rumor has it he was so good at poetry, that even the way he talked, and even his shopping list are all works of art prized by literary scholars.

One box of Soap, to cleanse myself.
Some tomes of Old, to rear myself.
3 sacks of Beans, to fill myself.
And some Rear Paper, to cleanse myself again.

One of his early poems, "The Deathbug", retells a story about his encounter with a deathbug in a style that has been copied ruthlessly since it was first penned.

I went to a picnic with sister
Then that bug did come here to pester.
The bug then did sting,
'Twas the darndest thing,
I don't think she can get more deader.

After this beginning poetic period, he started creating many poems of equal quality--mostly using Arariaxian Metre (five sets of dual iambic pentameter couplets). It's impossible to select what the "best" poems of his middle period are, but I can note poems from this time included in other encylopedic articles, such as Ode to Drunkenness, and his epic poem about the Budgerigar Master.

During this time, Arariax became something of a celebrity. Many myths about him were started, including the popular myth that he was present at the start of the Battle of Barnum Stones (He was born around 50 years after it happened). His fame peaked when he was insituted as the Author Laureate of the Calends Gala for 9 straight years.

He later threw himself into exile after being the Author Laureate, and decided to experiment with new forms of poetry. These experimentations are considered by Brother Honuphrius to be Arariax's best work. The style of the poetry that resulted from this exploration seemed to greatly influence his last publication, "Why the Free Bird loves Tallow". His peculiar habit of releasing 64 poems at a time, combined with the fact that the regional style was unusually terse, made this less of a book and more like a large pamphlet. He speaks of his birthplace, the Evesque Valley, and its archeological role.

Home of adventure.
Brave souls venture into lands
of great loneliness

Citations: Deathbug, Evesque Valley.

--Melik Fizzuo 23:22, 1 Sep 2004 (EDT) and 18:54, 8 May 2005 (EDT)

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