Frenchman displays longest poem in the world

4th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

CHAMPIER, France, Aug 4, 2006 (AFP) - A 30 year-old Frenchman on Friday put on display what he claimed is the longest poem in world — nearly 7,600 verses written on a roll of fabric that stretched to almost one kilometre on a car-race track in southeast France.

CHAMPIER, France, Aug 4, 2006 (AFP) - A 30 year-old Frenchman on Friday put on display what he claimed is the longest poem in world — nearly 7,600 verses written on a roll of fabric that stretched to almost one kilometre on a car-race track in southeast France.

Patrick Huet, a public notary, spent a month and a half composing 'Pieces of Hope to the Echo of the World' and then a further month copying it onto the material, which was unrolled with the help of a tractor.

The work is an acrostic, a poem in which the first letters of each verse spell out a message — in this case the text of the 30 articles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"It came from a deep pressure inside me, a burning desire to express myself on the terrible scourges that have afflicted humanity for so many generations that we lose count," Huet said.

The display was witnessed by a court official, so that the 7,547 verses and 994.1 metres can be attested before the Guinness Book of Records.

Huet has already written two shorter poems — of 66 and 72 metres.

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