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October 28, 2005

And Ode to Form and Beauty

Songs of Innocence, Introduction
You are 'regularly metric verse'. This can take
many forms, including heroic couplets, blank
verse, and other iambic pentameters, for
example. It has not been used much since the
nineteenth century; modern poets tend to prefer
rhyme without meter, or even poetry with
neither rhyme nor meter.

You appreciate the beautiful things in life--the
joy of music, the color of leaves falling, the
rhythm of a heartbeat. You see life itself as
a series of little poems. The result (or is it
the cause?) is that you are pensive and often
melancholy. You enjoy the company of other
people, but they find you unexcitable and
depressing. Your problem is that regularly
metric verse has been obsolete for a long time.

What obsolete skill are you?
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Itís funny to me, donít you see
How striking that similar we
Can be, not in all
But enough that Iíd call
You to visit and chat with some tea


Posted by: Megan at October 29, 2005 10:59 AM

This was fun. I enjoy reading your blog.

Posted by: Cecilia at October 29, 2005 02:38 PM

I took that and got "Latin"

Posted by: Amie at October 31, 2005 01:31 PM

Hehe. Latin here, too. por bonnum tempum . . .

To sing the end of verse
Would be perverse
Except where culture bears the heavy curse
Of history.

The whole idea of "obsolescence" is responsible for a good share of the world's self-destructive slide into modernity, IMHO. Consider that only good things can become obsolete (bad things are rejected, repudiated, or discarded) . . .


Posted by: pgepps at November 6, 2005 10:57 AM

the poem in the picture is by Blake, BTW.


Posted by: pgepps at November 6, 2005 11:02 AM

Thanks, PGE. I like Blake, when I'm in the mood for fairies and romanticism and frolicking in the woods.

Posted by: TulipGirl at November 17, 2005 07:54 PM

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