Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

You're bard

I noticed Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled on Amazon, and was taken by the sample quoted of his poetry:

Lesbian Sappho made this form
With two beats to the final line.
Her sex life wasn't quite the norm
And nor is mine

It put me in mind of the Poetic Forms Personified list.

And how could I have forgotten that it is Fry who gave us the priceless haiku:

Writing a poem
With seventeen syllables
Is very diffi-

But I must confess my bias here. You see, I'm a terza rima:

I'm terza rima, and I talk and smile.
Where others lock their rhymes and thoughts away
I let mine out, and chatter all the while.

I'm rarely on my own - a wasted day
Is any day that's spent without a friend,
With nothing much to do or hear or say.

I like to be with people, and depend
On company for being entertained;
Which seems a good solution, in the end.

Apparently if I weren't terza rima I would be a sonnet:

I am the sonnet, never quickly thrilled;
Not prone to overstated gushing praise
Nor yet to seething rants and anger, filled
With overstretched opinions to rephrase;
But on the other hand, not fond of fools,
And thus, not fond of people, on the whole;
And holding to the sound and useful rules,
Not those that seek unjustified control.
I'm balanced, measured, sensible (at least,
I think I am, and usually I'm right);
And when more ostentatious types have ceased,
I'm still around, and doing, still, alright.
In short, I'm calm and rational and stable -
Or, well, I am, as much as I am able.
What Poetry Form Are You?


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