7.0402 Qs: Literary Journal; Time Flies (2/70)

Wed, 12 Jan 1994 18:23:08 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0402. Wednesday, 12 Jan 1994.

(1) Date: Sun, 19 Sep 93 06:57:22 EST (20 lines)
From: "Phyllis Wright" <pwright@spartan.ac.BrockU.CA>

(2) Date: Tue, 11 Jan 1994 13:20:13 -0700 (MST) (50 lines)
From: BushC@BYUVAX.BITNET (Chuck Bush)
Subject: "Time flies like an arrow"

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Date: Sun, 19 Sep 93 06:57:22 EST
From: "Phyllis Wright" <pwright@spartan.ac.BrockU.CA>

Dear Humanists:

The University of California at Riverside publishes a literary journal
edited by Professor Stanley Stewart. It is a fairly new journal. Can
someone provide me with the exact title?

Many thanks for your help.

Phyllis M. Wright (416)688-5550, ext. 3961
Supervisor, Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery
Brock University Library pwright@spartan.ac.brocku.ca
St. Catharines, Ontario
Canada L2S 3A1

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Date: Tue, 11 Jan 1994 13:20:13 -0700 (MST)
From: BushC@BYUVAX.BITNET (Chuck Bush)
Subject: "Time flies like an arrow"

I received the following note from a colleague. Though I certainly
remember the famous sentence (who doesn't?), I don't remember the poem.
Can any of you help us?

>About 20 years ago I remember that automatic machine translation was a hot
>topic with many vocal and witty proponents and many equally vocal and
>witty critics. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the same may be said
>for the state of machine translation today, but I haven't thought or read
>much about the topic since then. I remember that critics used to enjoy
>presenting ambiguous sentences and arguing that no computer could ever be
>programmed to correctly parse them. One such sentence, which I believe was
>used in print more than once, is "Time flies like an arrow." I remember
>that someone wrote a clever poem in which each verse illustrated one of the
>possible parsings. I can only remember one line or phrase from the poem.
>Now's the time to time the time flies, like time flies like an arrow.
>I am trying to find the complete poem so that I can use it in a book. I
>would, of course, like to credit the author, so I need to know his or her
>name. I think that the poem may have appeared in the computer periodical
>"Datamation," or possibly in the "Communications of the ACM."
>I would appreciate any help that anyone can give me for my search.
>Tad Norman
>Tad Norman | tad@cd.byu.edu
>Computer Science Department | (801) 378-3020
>Brigham Young University | FAX 801-378-5278
>Provo, UT 84602
Charles D. Bush EMail: BushC@Yvax.BYU.EDU
Humanities Research Center HRCChuck@BYUVM.BITNET
3060 JKHB Brigham Young University Phone: 801-378-7439
Provo, Utah 84602 Fax: 801-378-4649