You may have heard of The Proust Questionnaire
, a group of questions answered by a young Marcel Proust that have survived into the 21st century as a game that allegedly reveals your true personality. And we've played that game a few times here thanks to our friend (and fine poet), GuiltyPleasure*
The challenge is to answer one of the questions from the following abbreviated form of the questionnaire. Your answers must be in the form of a poem, so you are writing a poem that has your answer worked into it in some way. If you take the challenge you should submit a poem, plus the number of the question you've answered in it. Here are the questions from which you will choose:
The Abbreviated Proust Questionnaire
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. On what occasion do you lie?
6. Which living person do you most despise?
7. What is the quality you most like in a man?
8. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
9. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
10. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
11. What do you most value in your friends?
12. Who are your favorite writers?
13. Who is your hero of fiction?
14. Who are your heroes in real life?
15. What is your greatest regret?
Feel free to raise questions or discuss the challenge in this thread (or pm me if you prefer). If you are playing, submit your poem and the number of the question you've answered in it to me via pm by July 31 at midnight Eastern Standard Time
. That gives you over three weeks to submit. Please don't say if you're "in" here as we'll keep the poets' names secret until you've had a week to guess who wrote what. Oh and multiple submissions are welcome.
Hope you'll all join in!
*Thanks for the help GP!