16 June 2010


POLL: Word & Question

letter W ampersand & Q

Blogger's poll widget has been misbehaving really badly for the past twenty-four hours, so I have no choice but to take it from the sidebar and poll the best readers in the blogosphere in this old school fashion.

(Oh, Blogger, Blogger--wherefore art thou so difficult?
After everything I said in your defence to a room full of Wordpress diehards???

Now that I've brought up "Word & Question" and players have started sharing their original poems, I would like to know everyone's answer to this question:

Would you like to do it again?

A) YES!!! When do we start? =D

B) Not really . . . I just wanted the points for the contest/giveaway. =P

C) I didn't join the first time, but I'd like to play now! =)

D) No poetry for me, but thanks for asking. ;-)

Leave the letter of your answer in the combox, with any more thoughts you might have.

Don't worry about hurting my feelings by picking B or D. I'd rather know what everyone thinks at this early point than host the game again and have no one show up! =P

Thank you! =)


Paul Stilwell said...


But let me get my first one done!

Enbrethiliel said...


Hey, no pressure! I was late, too. =P

I'm starting to wonder at all those girls in the story getting their poems done within an hour! Was the writing of verses common enough as a pastime for girls in nineteenth-century New England, for contemporary readers not to raise an eyebrow at this?

Or does actually being in a circle of amateur poets produce the kind of pressure one needs for such a feat?

Or am I once more over-analysing something that doesn't really mean anything?

Thanks for your answer, Paul! =)

Belfry Bat said...

Another, 'A';

I think if knitting and stitching, fretwork and joinery and other tactile arts are any indication, there used to be either a lot more time or a lot more patience, and probably both.

I also note that both example poems have something of a joke to them! Perhaps it's easier to rhyme if you're not trying too hard to be serious?

(if it interests anyone, I started with what became the second quatraine in writing that sonnet, and at the time I was also thinking something light-hearted --- as perhaps you can tell.)

Belfry Bat said...

oh! next captcha: "vishlyst!" is it still fresh?


Dauvit Balfour said...


C. I could use something to make me write.

Salome Ellen said...

A. And I have a friend who doesn't read here, but wanted her own W&Q when I posted my poem; she has two little boys and needs a prompt sometimes to write, though she's much better than I'll ever be.

Enbrethiliel said...


Bat: Without making the epic journey to my bookcase and checking my copy of What Katy Did, I'd say that all the poems in the chapter are meant to be humourous!

Yes, there probably was a lot more patience in those days. Can you imagine getting a mixed group of girls together today and getting them to play this game for fun? Not that I know what most girls these days do for fun, but this game was already out of fashion when I was Katy's age, and I'm extrapolating . . .

(But am I also using the word "extrapolating" properly? Hmmmmm!)

Dauvit: Where have you been, mate? It's nice to see you again and to know you'll be playing the next game! =)

Ellen: It would be nice to have new players. =) I hope she'll have some time to do the next one. Next week sounds good to me, if everyone else is up for it so early . . . ?

Sullivan McPig said...

A, as long as nobody minds I don't rhyme

Enbrethiliel said...


Rhyming is something I like to do, but it's not a requirement. =)

(I did want to put it in the rules the first time, but I forgot--and am I glad I did!)

Dauvit Balfour said...

I've been around, lurking a little, just haven't had much to say.

Also, while I haven't changed the link in my old blog (still debating the blog's future role) you'll be happy to know that I did add a link to SC on Crosses and Cradles. Along with a new post, long overdue and quite rusty I'm afraid.

Cozy Book Nook (Lesa) said...

Did I mention I am poetically challenged? It usually goes over my head unless it is Mother Goose so I really can't imagine attempting to write a poem in such august company. ;o)

So D. for me unless I work my courage up.

Here is something I found odd about myself-- I listen to Writer's Almanac on NPR and there is always a poem of the day and I usually get it-- so maybe I just need to 'listen' to poetry and not 'read' it.

Enbrethiliel said...


I remember the first time I realised that poems could be read aloud and not just read. That was also the first time I started liking poetry. The feel of the words in my mouth was incredible; they really came alive. It was like the difference between reading sheet music to "hear" the song in your head and playing it on an instrument!

So . . . if you want to play "Word & Question" and put up a vlog instead of a written post, then that's totally okay with me! ;-)

Cozy Book Nook (Lesa) said...

I haven't tried reading any aloud myself-- probably wouldn't work for me as well as for you. I have a feeling I am too dense--I need someone else reading with all the correct timing and inflections like the guy on NPR.

Hahah-- on the vlog-- good idea but you need to make that a requirement for all the participants so all the poetically challenged readers (me) will understand the poems!

Enbrethiliel said...


I'll admit I'm not brave enough to do a vlog reading of an original poem myself! =P

As for your own (private) reading aloud, I think that you just need to find the right poet. =) I had read poems aloud in school for years, individually and in speech choirs, and listened to other people's interpretations and arrangements, but nothing clicked for me until I came across G.K. Chesterton's Lepanto. At that instant, he became my favourite poet, and I think he always will be. =)

But finding the right poet is easier wished for than done, so let me wish you lots of luck!