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Comments on Saturday 7 December 2002:
A new RavenBlack quiz:
I'm the limerick, mired in muck.
I refuse to be bored or get stuck.
   I like to offend,
   But not, in the end,
As much as to thwart expectations.
What Poetry Form Are You?
[03:35]

Wendy
*sighs* I'm almost afraid to hazard a guess....should i end up in the stupid comment section...but is it.....a riddle?

RavenBlack
No, it's a link.

Kanada Ten
Haiku or Triolet.

I'd pick the ladder, if only because I have a tendency to ramble. No, not mad... Not yet.

Wendy
AND i'm an idiot. and a triolet.

John
Your not a limerick... lol<\/A>/

Tom
The Raven calls aloud my parting song,
The gentle cattle pass me by in peace,
The waiting taxi cab it can't be wrong,
It leaves me to my thoughts that dare not cease.

As darkness gathers on the silent field,
The evening glistens in the quiet dusk,
The Raven calls again that all is healed,
So I believe it as an empty husk.

I am the Elegy. Quick, pass me by,
In silence lest you heed my peaceful call,
As others pass me by or surely die,
And rest with me besides this empty wall.

Kevan
Are the words all your own, then? And What Pop-Up Advert Are You?

Holly
No, the haiku is mostly his, but the rest of the words are mostly mine. Uncredited at my insistence, because the questions (and the attribution of particular "you are this"es in response to them) are also somewhat mine, but were malevolently wrenched away from me before I had a chance to instil myself with any confidence in their ability to assign suitable results.

Kevan
Pah, people are far more likely to wonder who wrote the good poetry than to fall into seething outrage at being labelled a haiku when it's obvious to anyone that they're a sonnet ("I even told it that I wear sensible hats and recycle!").

The quiz does come across as being credited as Raven's work ("If you like this, buy my book"), rather than quietly anonymous; I don't know how intentional that was. Tsk that I had to ask, though.

Tom
Tsk that you can't recognise Raven's poetic style and influences, and the pieces in which clearly Raven had little or no part. Beyond, perhaps, being the inspiration in one way or another. Raven could not have written these poems by himself - just not written in a wholly Ravenesque style. They're very clearly the work of somebody who studied English at an Australian university (my understanding is that English lit in British universities is currently restricted to Shakespeare and Cultural Studies, which is all very well from a postmodern point of view but gives you very little chance to read poetry to the level of imitating it so delightfully. American universities tend to cut out the Shakespeare). Who else would know so many obscure forms of poetry so well? And be compelled to try them out? And refuse to be credited?

Kevan
It was more of a cough than a question. But yes; tsk, quite probably.

RavenBlack
You didn't *have* to ask.
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