What Kind of Poem Are You?

I don’t cotton to silly quizzes. Most of the time. But it’s Friday night, and it’s been a rough week, so here I am, reading blogs. Fuse #8 and Bloomabilities both pointed out this quiz, and the result is a poem. Now that’s something worth getting, right?

So I took the quiz, not expecting to post the result since that would mean admitting that I took it. Except it fits me surprisingly–no, astonishingly well.

Short, terse, unfriendly,
Yet sometimes quite emotive;
I am the Haiku.

What Poetry Form Are You?

Don’t take offense at “unfriendly.” There’s truth in it. “Unfriendly” means “not disposed to friendship.” I don’t take that to mean I’m unkind or rude. I’m neither of those. Well, not usually. But I am disposed to solitude and near-solitude, rarely seeking interactions with friends. I have some of the greatest friends in the world, too. Wonderful people. I love them. I just like spending time alone.

Short, terse, unfriendly, sometimes emotive (Mike may argue about the “sometimes,” but I interpret it as sometimes semi-publicly emotive, and these are all about interpretation, right?). Oh–and the color! They all fit me. I wonder how many of the other poems do, too. I may actually go read them and see.

If you do it, I want to know what kind of poem you are.

Categories: Personal

10 replies »

  1. Intriguing. I am supposed to be a tanka-didn’t fit. If not a tanka, a haiku-much closer. The one with the long Welsh name isn’t too far off, either. I tthink I’ll reread them and decide on the best fit.

  2. Mine first said,

    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.

    But it said if I wasn’t (and I’m not–I’m a writer, for heaven’s sake! It’s a very solitary life!) then,

    I am heroic couplets; most precise
    And fond of order. Planned and structured. Nice.
    I know, of course, just what I want; I know,
    As well, what I will do to make it so.
    This doesn’t mean that I attempt to shun
    Excitement, entertainment, pleasure, fun;
    But they must keep their place, like all the rest;
    They might be good, but ordered life is best.

    This fits me much better. I truly am a planner. Now if you were to look at my house (or pig sty, some would say!) you would question the part of the “ordered life.” But I at least like the *idea* or order!

  3. Oh, and by the way…as someone who has spent time with Jen, I must say that haiku, no matter how she may view it, is not her. 🙂 She’s likely to grab and hug you, and jump up and down, inadvertantly stomping you toes! Yes she appreciates solitude, but short, terse, and unfriendly? Nope!

  4. lks is probably right. Oh well, I tried. But that’s the way these things work, right? They all fit, and none of them fit. Which explains why I generally ignore quizzes!

    Maybe it’s more interesting to choose the one we’d *want* to be.

  5. Get this! I just went back to read Becca’s tanka and I took the quiz again, giving different answers to some, if not most, of the questions. It *still* came up haiku!

    HA! Take that, lks!

  6. I don’t doubt that you’re a haiku, Jen. But not a short, terse, and unfriendly one. Did it give you different *words?* There are many lovely, kind, and thoughtful haikus–those would fit you!

  7. Ditto on lks. I haven’t spent time with Jen, but unfriendly just doesn’t appear to fit. Terse? I recall some fairly verbose email exchanges. Anyone with two blogs (at least), a newsletter and multitude e-connections can’t claim to be unfriendly!
    I’m a flaming Leo (very un-tanka-like), but I also love and crave solitude.

  8. I’ve decided (if anyone cares), that none of them really fit. But I am probably a limerick and a Cywydd Llosgyrnog with a little ballad thrown in

  9. Oh, all right already! I give up. You win. I’m not short, terse, and unfriendly. All the time, anyway.

    And I care, Becca–it’s a neat window into your personality. Unless, of course, you are the liar that I appear to be!