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Famous poetry responsible for Cataclysm item names?

The incredible Perculia (content manager over at Wowhead) has just put up one of my favorite posts about World of Warcraft ever -- Cataclysm starter epics, justice point gear, blue drops from instances, and more are all named after or refer to famous lines and fragments from poetry by T.S. Eliot and John Keats.

Truth be told, I want to know the story of the moment when all of this snapped into place for Perculia and it became about finding an item for almost every stanza from these poems. It's a spectacular effort. As I read her post and clicked on items, it became abundantly clear that this is far from coincidence.

For instance, from the blog, Perculia has analyzed this particular stanza from Keat's Ode to a Nightingale:
'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thine happiness,
That thou, light-wingèd Dryad of the trees,
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
From Perculia's finding, we see that Keats' poems are used mostly for justice point gear at ilevel 359, with most of the dungeon 346 blues owing their monikers to his work. Eliot's poems are the source of many reputation rewards. Check out the full post on the Flavor Text blog.

Filed under: Lore, Cataclysm

WoW Insider's Loot-idays: Day three

'Twas the day before Christmas
And all through the blog,
Commenters were commenting,
Even Badger and Zugzog.

When up from
Arose such a clatter:
It was a contest for six loot cards
You can win with just chatter.

There's four grenades to make you dance
Like a bowl full of jelly,
And two pet biscuits for growing pets
(Though they'll still be quite smelly).

Yes, comment on this post today
To be one of six winners,
Codes work in the US or EU,
So it's super easy, even for beginners.

Good luck and don't forget
to come back to the site,
Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a good night!

Filed under: Events, Fan stuff, Odds and ends, Contests, Humor, NPCs, WoW TCG

Forum Post of the Day: Class haikus

Who knew that Warcraft
players were such poets? Here's
a thread of haiku.

All classes are here,
Even that class full of noobs--
You know which that is.

Pretty impressive,
Forum posters. Next up, let's
try writing sonnets.

Filed under: Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Humor, Classes, Talents

Rosez ar red, Blizzard es blu, Ork rite luv poetry just fur yu!

Reader Chris emailed this to me-- he and his guildmates in Gnomeburgers on Suramar-H were running around doing the Valentine's Day quests together. One of them, an Orc named Gruulok, punched out a few lines of Orc poetry, and they are hilarious. (Yes, I know the image to the right is a Night Elf, not an Orc, but didn't you ever learn that Love is blind?)

Sure, you might think that Orcs aren't very good at poetry, but I've heard my own Orc speak a few lines himself-- something about coming from the Orcs, eating with spoons and forks, and he loves to eat his pork. Gruulok's poetry is perhaps the best love poetry ever written in... well, I'm not quite sure what language this is. Orcish? If you're feeling a little Hordie (get it?) this evening, feel free to share these lines with your sweetie, and have a great Valentine's Day.

Tru Ork luv leevez skarz an brewzez, an eben browken nowzez,
but vilent luv iz much mor fun den duzenz o steenky rowzez.

Wen hartz brake an teerz duz fawl, datz wen tru luv endzez,
but watch yerz bak cuz Orky gurlz nowz how ta take de vengenz.

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Filed under: Orcs, Events, Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Humor

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