Poetry Appreciation

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Poetry Appreciation
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Poetry Appreciation Overview

Poetry Appreciation is the ability to interpret and appreciate poetry.

In-Game Description

Skill in finding the meaning of poems, especially difficult and tedious ones.

Training Poetry Appreciation

  • To learn this skill, read a level 0 poetry book, a Poetry Primer, or be nearby when another player publicly reads a poetry book at the podium in the Chortling Beaver in Serbule. In the case of the latter, you must first rate the poem, then will receive a third of the XP afforded by reading the book to yourself.
  • More XP is gained from more valuable poetry books, which in turn require higher poetry appreciation in order to read. Typically, this requires the player to identify an Unidentified Poetry Book or Unidentified Poetry Chapbook, both of which are rare, difficult-to-find items, using their Art History skill. Once identified, the book can be read either by the player or publicly if the Poetry Appreciation requisite is met.

Connected Skills

  • None
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Poetry Appreciation Mechanics

Finding Books

Poetry books share a loot table with scrolls drops. Face of Death in Borghild and Visage of Demise in Rahu tend to drop many scrolls and therefore have a higher chance of dropping poetry books.

Book Identification

There are 4 different unidentified poetry books. The one that requires Art History 20 produces books from Set 1, 25 produces Set 2, 30 produces Set 3, and 35 produces Set 4. Gruzark's Chapbook comes from Gruzark. Note that some of the poetry book buffs below may be incorrect due to the August 2017 update until noted otherwise.

Poetry Name Buff Level XP Set #
Poetry Primer None 0 500 Set 1
"Who Loves Mort?" +50 Max Armor 0 50 Set 2
"Worm Food" +2 Direct Damage 0 50 Set 1
"Song of Ir-Hetsu" +2% Direct Damage 0 50 Set 4
"Rain Dances of the Lost Tribe" +25% Psychic Mitigation 3 75 Set 2
Gruzark's Chapbook +2 Direct Damage 5 10 N/A
The Magic Belt +2% Direct Damage 5 75 Set 1
"The Fall of Man" by Zini +2 Direct Damage 5 75 Set 1
"The Tonsils of Truth" by Su-Moltik +25% Psychic Mitigation 7 200 Set 4
Gammo's "Legions of Stone" +25% Psychic Mitigation 10 100 Set 1
"Till The Land By Moonlight" +2 Direct Damage 10 100 Set 3
"Why Are There Bees" by Jim Hatcher +50% Psychic Mitigation 15 200 Set 2
"Battle of Fok" +100 Max Armor 20 400 Set 2
"The Face of Umrad" by Gammo +100 Max Armor 23 400 Set 4
"Commentary on Slavery" +75% Psychic Mitigation 25 500 Set 3
"Horse, Carry My Topaz" +75% Psychic Mitigation 30 600 Set 3
"Collected Works of Gammo" +5 Direct Damage 35 750 Set 3
"Sunsets" by Enst +50% Psychic Mitigation 35 750 Set 2
"In Defense of Rakshasa Food" +10% Combat XP 38 500 Set 4
"Kur Hauntings" by Zuk-Ghu +150 Max Armor 45 1000 Set 3
"The Harpy Lands" by Rosediah +150 Max Armor 48 1000 Set 4

Poetry Podium

Poetry Podiums are public locations where poetry can be read aloud to others.

Here you can recite poetry. You'll need a poetry book (which is destroyed in the process). When you recite a poem aloud, you only earn 1/3 of the Poetry Appreciation XP that you'd get by reading it privately, but all other nearby players will ALSO earn that much Poetry Appreciation XP. You will also earn Oratory XP based on the number of people listening.

Instead of actually forcing players to read an entire book of poems, you will be prompted to enter a short poem yourself. You can write your own poetry or copy-and-paste poetry from elsewhere. (If you use others' poems, make sure to credit them!)

Nearby players will see your poem and can vote on whether they like it or not. You'll get general feedback about how your poem was received, but that feedback has no game-play effects. (Because everybody's a critic).

— Serbule Poetry Podium

Podium Locations
The Chortling Beaver (Fainor's Inn).

Poetry Appreciation Level Up Rewards

Level Reward
10 +1 to Vocabulary
15 +1 to Flower Arrangement
20 +1 to Artistry
25 +1 to Flower Arrangement
30 +1 to Vocabulary
40 +1 to Lore
45 +1 to Flower Arrangement
50 +1 to Vocabulary


Poetry Appreciation is probably a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy], given that the Vogons used "Poetry Appreciation Chairs", and the fact that all the Poetry books have descriptions talking about how awful they are.