Wednesday, December 22, 2004

What Poetry Form Am I?

Joel posted a link to this over on his blog. I thought I'd post my results here, cuz I think they're amusing.


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.
What Poetry Form Are You?

Or, if I were not Terza Rima...

I'm the lai, with no sort
Of grave, solemn thought,
And I
Will never be caught
By miseries sought,
Nor sigh;
Where battles are fought
Or arguments brought,
I fly.


At 8:37 p.m., Blogger Ryan said...

I was terza rima too!? That’s kinda weird, if i wasn't that i was Ottava rima... I really don't know what these are, maybe you can enlighten me?

At 1:56 p.m., Blogger cait said...

Caitlin the English geek to the rescue:
Terza rima is a form of poetry that developed in early Renaissance Italy; Dante's Divine Comedy was composed in terza rima. It is a system of three line stanzas, with a rhyming pattern of aba, bcb, cbc, dcd . . . etc. Robert Browning, T.S. Eliot, and John Milton all use this.

Ottava rima is also from the Italian Renaissance, except somewhat later. It has a rhyme scheme of abababcc. Boccaccio, Boiardo and Ariosto all used this scheme in their epic poetry; in English it is exemplified best by Byron.

So, I don't know if that helped . . . but I have revealed my status as Queen of Geek.


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