Cornish Engineering

Cornish Engineering (2007)

Attaboy

November 16, 2005 at 4 PM

“Regularly Metric Verse”

And I quote:

You are ‘regularly metric verse’. This can take many forms, including heroic couplets, blank verse, and other iambic pentameters, for example. It has not been used much since the nineteenth century; modern poets tend to prefer rhyme without meter, or even poetry with neither rhyme nor meter.

You appreciate the beautiful things in life—the joy of music, the color of leaves falling, the rhythm of a heartbeat. You see life itself as a series of little poems. The result (or is it the cause?) is that you are pensive and often melancholy. You enjoy the company of other people, but they find you unexcitable and depressing. Your problem is that regularly metric verse has been obsolete for a long time.

What obsolete skill are you?

Previously: I Say Tomato
Subsequently: l’Appartement

Comments

"You are 'Gregg shorthand'. Originally designed to enable people to write faster, it is also very useful for writing things which one does not want other people to read, inasmuch as almost no one knows shorthand any more. You know how important it is to do things efficiently and on time. You also value your privacy, and (unlike some people) you do not pretend to be friends with just everyone; that would be ridiculous. When you do make friends, you take them seriously, and faithfully keep what they confide in you to yourself. Unfortunately, the work which you do (which is very important, of course) sometimes keeps you away from social activities, and you are often lonely. Your problem is that Gregg shorthand has been obsolete for a long time." Not totally inaccurate, though I am a strong advocate of printing over any other form of writing. In fact, I despise any sort of cursive handwriting or shorthand.

Patrick, November 16, 2005

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