Saturday, December 26, 2009

Poetry meme UPDATED

Found at Inscapes (a blog that comes recommended by the sagacious William Luse), after clicking on the label "poetry."

UPDATE (12/28): I was just rereading the post from which I stole the meme below, and found this sentence:
Some of the most beautiful and moving poems I know are not “pretty”; they are harsh, maybe even dissonant, and treat ugly subjects, for example, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owens, or Lawrence’s “Do Not Go Gentle.”

Yikes! Lawrence? Lawrence??

The ghost of Dylan Thomas, I'm sure, forgives the blogger!


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1. The first poem I remember reading/hearing/reacting to was .....

2. I was forced to memorize ..... in school and .....

3. I read/don't read poetry because .....

4. A poem I'm likely to think about when asked about a favorite poem is .....

5. I write/don't write poetry, but .....

6. My experience with reading poetry differs from my experience with reading other types of literature .....

7. I find poetry .....

8. The last time I heard poetry .....

9. I think poetry is like .....


My answers:

1. The first poems were of course the songs I heard on AM radio before the age of three ("American Pie" and "A Horse with No Name" were particular favorites). Then, later: Beatles lyrics, and Robert Frost (age 11, just as I was beginning to write rhymes of my own).

2. Memorably, I was forced to memorize Poe's "Annabel Lee" in school. I was out of school when the assignment was given, to be done by the following day. So that following day I was in class, sweating bullets and frantically hoping the teacher wouldn't call on me before I had the chance to memorize the piece right then and there! In 30 minutes, I managed to memorize enough of the poem to earn a grade of 15 out of 20.

3. I read poetry because for me, it is almost the only kind of literature worth reading!

4. Favorite poems include Dylan Thomas's "Prologue"; Shakespeare's sonnet 18; Catullus's "Odi et amo" (I hate and I love); many poems by Cummings; Theodore Roethke's "I knew a woman, lovely in her bones"; Countee Cullen's "A Song of Praise"; "O Holy Night" in French (Minuit, chrétiens); and a hundred others.

5. I used to write poetry. Nowadays, I perpetrate a feeble kind of light verse every once in a blue moon.

6. See answer to #3!

7. I find poetry where it can be found, which is almost everywhere.

8. The last time I heard poetry was my own viva voce reading of A Child's Christmas In Wales last night. Prose poetry, but poetry nonetheless!

9. I think poetry is like nothing else in the world. (Oh, what am I supposed to say?) I think poetry is loads of fun. And more, I think poetry is necessary, at least for me.