A delightful post from BookRiot: Quiz: Radiohead Lyric or Emily Dickinson Phrase?
As it happens, Emily Dickinson is probably my favorite poet ever, so this was especially intriguing. Though I would not characterize Dickinson’s poetry as giving voice to “quiet despair” as does Christine Ro in this post, the challenge is still an immediate draw. Can one actually confuse Radiohead lyrics with Dickinson poetry? I am not that familiar with Radiohead, but let’s take a look at this quiz. There are only 15 lines presented; I’ll show them here — click through to see the answers.
the mongrel cat came home holding half a head
inebriate of air
the distant strains of triumph burst agonized and clear
broken hearts make it rain
i felt a funeral in my brain
tie me to the rotten deck
how dreary to be somebody
howling down the chimney
disappointed people clinging onto bottles
he bit an angle worm in halves
why so green and lonely
he talks in maths
the truth must dazzle gradually
get the flan in the face the flan in the face
nobody wants to be a slave
Are any of these at all difficult? A good many are lines from very well known Dickinson poems; putting them in surely makes this challenge less, er, challenging.
Things that Emily Dickinson never used in any poem (you can correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m not wrong): mongrel cats, rotten decks, bottles, flan, and slaves. I might not have thought she wrote the line about the worm, though, except I remember the poem clearly, so there’s that. Still. Flan? As if.
I bet I could find a group with lyrics that would be easier to mistake for Dickinson poems. How about Peter Gabriel?
wind was blowing, time stood still
if again the seas are silent
ten coaches roll into the dust
I used this website to look up Gabriel lyrics, btw; I recognize some of his songs, but I couldn’t have pulled lines out of my brain.
I maintain that any of those seem a lot more like Dickinson lines than anything ever written about flan by anybody.