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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

What Obsolete Skill Are You?

Regularly Metric Verse

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?

Yessss! I thought I was going to get "Latin," but this is even better. The little blurb is mostly bosh, though. "Not been used much since the nineteenth century" - do the names Yeats, Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, or Dylan Thomas ring a bell? And there is iambic pentameter in The Waste Land, so ha! Ezra Pound was mad on dactyls. And Seamus Heaney (who has the distinction of not being dead) has written sonnets. I think that most "free verse" is full of meter, even though the time signature keeps changing, so to speak. But regularly metric verse thrives today in the form of song lyrics, which is really as it should be, when you think about it.

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