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6th Jan '16 4:25:01 PM Narsil
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* Early in ''Literature/IClaudius'', we see two Sibylline prophecies that hint of Claudius's rule. Both prophecies rhyme, though that wasn't a typical feature of Greek or Latin poetry (or prophecy). Arguably it's TranslationConvention, translating Greek verse (which was based on patterns of long and short syllables) into an equivalent English poetic form (based on stressed syllables and rhyme).
6th Jan '16 4:07:52 PM Narsil
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Faeries1999}}'' had: "Two human children from otherwhere, one foot wet, flaming hair, when they appear,
the time is near."

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Faeries1999}}'' had: "Two human children from otherwhere, one foot wet, flaming hair, when they appear,
appear, the time is near."
6th Dec '15 5:13:13 PM PurrElise
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Faeries1999}}'' had: "Two human children from otherwhere; one foot wet, flaming hair; when they appear;

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Faeries1999}}'' had: "Two human children from otherwhere; otherwhere, one foot wet, flaming hair; hair, when they appear;appear,
6th Dec '15 5:12:48 PM PurrElise
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Faeries1999}}'' had: "Two human children from otherwhere; one foot wet, flaming hair; when they appear;
the time is near."
13th Sep '15 6:56:00 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"Most of the prophets of the past millennium were more concerned with scansion than accuracy. You know, '[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe And thee Worlde Unto An Ende Shall Come, in tumpty-tumpty-tumpty One.]]' Or Two, or Three, or whatever. There aren't many good rhymes for Six, so it's probably a good year to be in."''

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->''"Most of the prophets of the past millennium were more concerned with scansion than accuracy. You know, '[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe And 'And thee Worlde Unto An Ende Shall Come, in tumpty-tumpty-tumpty One.]]' ' Or Two, or Three, or whatever. There aren't many good rhymes for Six, so it's probably a good year to be in."''
13th Sep '15 6:55:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''TheRook'' where the Checquy encounters many false prophecies that, "inevitably rhyme but don't scan."

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* Parodied in ''TheRook'' ''Literature/TheRook'' where the Checquy encounters many false prophecies that, "inevitably rhyme but don't scan."
7th Aug '15 2:21:36 AM HeraldAlberich
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Mind you, the translators of the classical poets like Homer, Virgil, the author of Beowulf, or Dante often find it worth the effort to make their translations rhyme. But the harder you work at something like this, the more you sacrifice things like keeping the actual meaning of the prophecy intact. And surely most prophecies are vague enough already without translating them in a way that carries their meaning even farther away from the exact events that fulfill the prophecy. In that sense, if you hear a translated prophecy that rhymes, you should be worried that it was an especially ''In''conveniently ''Im''precise translation. Remember, a poem is a toy, but a prophecy is a tool.

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Mind you, the translators of the classical poets like Homer, Virgil, Creator/{{Homer}}, Creator/{{Virgil}}, the author of Beowulf, Literature/{{Beowulf}}, or Dante [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante]] often find it worth the effort to make their translations rhyme. But the harder you work at something like this, the more you sacrifice things like keeping the actual meaning of the prophecy intact. And surely most prophecies are vague enough already without translating them in a way that carries their meaning even farther away from the exact events that fulfill the prophecy. In that sense, if you hear a translated prophecy that rhymes, you should be worried that it was an especially ''In''conveniently ''Im''precise translation. Remember, a poem is a toy, but a prophecy is a tool.
31st Jul '15 9:26:12 AM OlmoJV
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'' (a crossover between ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''), Yua was told by a friend called Kage centuries ago of a prophecy regarding a blue girl who's apparently Jade Chan (or the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Queen of the Shadowkhan]]), destined to [[AntiChrist end Kandrakar's influence over the W.I.T.C.H. universe]].
--> "From another realm, another place; comes a dark child of a long forgotten race; from thrive to trial she will reach her throne; the light of the sky will be darkened by her will alone."
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4th Apr '15 3:39:59 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Every prophecy in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, rhymes, except for one conspicuous aversion in ''The Son of Neptune''.

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* Every prophecy in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, rhymes, except for one conspicuous aversion in ''The Son of Neptune''. As it turns out, with enough dakka, one can ignore all the traditions one wants.
27th Feb '15 11:01:22 PM vifetoile
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* A rare aversion in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', no less. Twice, Professor Trelawney has delivered prophecies, neither of which exactly rhyme: Once concerning Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail in ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', and again, nearly twelve years prior concerning Harry and Voldemort.

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* A rare aversion in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', no less. Twice, Professor Trelawney has delivered prophecies, neither of which exactly rhyme: rhyme, though they contain repeated phrases: Once concerning Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail in ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', and again, nearly twelve years prior concerning Harry and Voldemort.
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