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16 June 2010 @ 02:23 pm
skiffy doggerel!  
This is what I've been doing instead of everything I should be doing, today.  (Once I've done some of it I should have a Real post, too...)
It's really elsmi 's fault for challenging me into turning it into a sonnet.

Anyone recognize references? (I'd be very amused to hear which ones if so)!
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I've crossed the ice field bright and hard as death,
I've played the game that's never just a game
I've faced the spider, called on Elbereth,
and learned the shadow-wizard shares my name.

I've taken tea with kindly Mr. Long,
I broke a chocolate pot to stop a fiend
I fought the queen of elfland, song for song
and saved my love from her unholy teind.

I've been transformed -- a villain to a tree;
the serpent's daughter, wind, a harp of bone,
a hybrid alien, the changeling sea,
a dada girl, a troll turned into stone.

And I've been hope -- to win a game in hell
by claiming all may yet be very well.

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Alan Yeealan_yee on June 16th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Heh. Nice.

Now get back to work! :)
shweta_narayan: cookieshweta_narayan on June 16th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
*sticks tongue out at you*
Can't make me! I'm a go make COOKIES now.
asakiyume: Tambourine Catasakiyume on June 16th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
That was great!

I got the reference to Samwise in The Return of the King, and Tam Lin. Is a villain to a tree a reference to the end of Crown Duel, by any chance?
shweta_narayan: igglesshweta_narayan on June 16th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Indeed it is!
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zwol: commedia dell' artezwol on June 16th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh man, let's see. From the top until I get stuck, Lyra?, no idea, Samwise, Ged, Martha, Kate, Eddie, and Janet. I'm pretty sure I read the one with the harp of bone but I don't remember which one it is. And I associate "All may yet be very well" with Randolph but I don't think it was him, in that scene.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 16th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
And I associate "All may yet be very well" with Randolph

I'm sure Randolph says it, cause really they all do.

The ice field turns out to be a whole lot more ambiguous than I intended.
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Allison Lonsdale: bookishcaprine on June 16th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Lovely!

1. The Golden Compass
3. The Lord of the Rings
4. A Wizard of Earthsea
5. Tea with the Black Dragon
6. Sorcery and Cecilia
7. War for the Oaks
8. Tam Lin
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 16th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
:D

I actually intended The Left hand of Darkness for #1, but it's been brought to my attention that it's multiply ambiguous. So's #2 actually.
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Sharon Mockkirizal on June 16th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
the changeling sea
Patricia McKillip ftw!
Sharon Mockkirizal on June 16th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
also, <3
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some guy named Larrylnhammer on June 17th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Lessee -- I get Left Hand of Darkness, I think Player of Games, Samwise, Ged, Tea with the Black Dragon, either Sorcery and Cecilia or its sequel, War for the Oaks, and some version of the Tam Lin story, then stumble around in the third stanza: there's two McKillip books (well, one's a trilogy), and possibly Holly Black, but otherwise ...

Nifty sonnet you got there. And don't you be calling it doggerel, either. I know from doggerel, and this ain't it.

---L.

Edited at 2010-06-17 12:19 am (UTC)
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on June 17th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
This is a cooler way to learn about my friends than I realized :grins:
And about my own ambiguities! What's the blackholly possibility?

Third stanza has a lot in it, yeah. And I sort of went for any version of Tam Lin, after realizing I could not choose between pameladean's and Fire and Hemlock. I sadly couldn't figure out how to work mrissa's version in, or it'd have won for sheer fun.

Have you read the third Sorcery & Cecelia book btw?
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Elizabeth Barretteysabetwordsmith on June 17th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
This is charming. Thanks for sharing it. I think I've been some of those places...
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 17th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Re: Beautiful!
Thank you :)
Would love to hear which ones!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on June 17th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
GRRM,
Amber?
LOTR
Ged
Tea/w/Black Dragon
Sorcery and Cecilia
War for the Oaks
Tam Lin
Fianovar Tapestry
McKillip
Holly Black/Hobbit
Pamela Dean
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on June 17th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
...Not Fionavar tapestry -- Court Duel!

*giggles helplessly*
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Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on June 17th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Oh, gosh, I'm just skimming before going to bed and you quote me in a poem! *purrs and rolls around on the floor*

I think this is better than doggerel, but it certainly has a kind of brash whimsy to it.

P.
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on June 17th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
*giggles* I was hoping you'd see it.

I sort of built the whole thing up with the first-and-last references in mind.

And, thank you :) I was certainly fooling around, and not going for Great Poetry, anyway...
Vvvvexation on June 17th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
Gaiman, right? And -- Okorafor?
shweta_narayan: igglesshweta_narayan on June 17th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
near the end? Yes :)
Jo Waltonpapersky on June 17th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
The Left Hand of Darkness,
Interstellar Pig,
The Lord of the Rings,
A Wizard of Earthsea.

Tea with the Black Dragon,
Sorcery and Cecelia,
Tam Lin

Crown Duel
The Silver Chair and there's too many things these could be, are they all McKillip?

And the last one is definitely The Whim of the Dragon.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 17th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
SF has more games that aren't games than I'd realized. I meant Iain M Banks' Game, but I think they all work :)

The transformations? wind and the changeling sea are McKillip; didn't mean a specific Twa Sisters; the serpent's daughter is a bit spoilery so not saying on lj; hybrid alien is xenogenesis to me though I know it could be others; dada girl is Zahrah the Windseeker, a troll turned into stone is just the Hobbit in my head. And my version of hope to win the game in hell is from Sandman. I liked how nicely it went with the Secret Country reference, especially given how intertextual they both are!
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selidor: explain a dragonselidor on June 17th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
Left Hand of Darkness,
A Player of Games,
LotR,
A Wizard of Earthsea.
Tea with the Black Dragon,
no idea,
Tam Lin.

This happens a fair bit: I won't pick.
really strikes a chord but I can't think of it, McKillip
Octavia Butler, McKillip,
no idea, stone troll can be LotR again.

Sandman (Dream).
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on June 17th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that since you recognize so many of my favourites, you're in for a couple treats with the others!
(I'm going to post an annotated version in order to share my squee :) )
Kenyessod on June 18th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Most of these have been answered, but one reminded me, even though it probably wasn't the intended reference. On fighting the Queen of Elfland song for song, do you know Heather Alexander or Alexander James Adams? Heather wrote an awesome version of Devil went down to Georgia which she described as "Devil went down to Limerick", and Alex picked it up a few years ago with slight variations. It's quite cool, and a great fiddle piece. Also great to see in a live performance.
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on June 18th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
ooh that sounds awesome :) Haven't heard it.
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b_writesb_writes on June 20th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
GEEEEED. Um, I see some others, but Ged!
shweta_narayan: igglesshweta_narayan on June 20th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
:D
A. A. McNamaraaamcnamara on August 7th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
...so I have read at least the first book of the Secret Country trilogy, but I just had the line "all may yet be very well" stuck in my head specifically from a sonnet, googled, and thought "oh, yes, right!".

I should read the other books of that series sometime.

Anyway, thank you for the poem and the brainworm. It wriggled its way in there.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on August 7th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Hee! Now's a good time to read them, and the Dubious Hills too *mysterious grin*
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