The final two challenges of the Poetry Workshop group's Spring 2010 Poetry Tournament.
I'll have the poems for the final challenge posted at 3:00pm (eastern) on the ninth! Judges, you are welcome to post your judging here instead of through email since the oh so great Nick fixed the comments for us :) Thanks for helping with the judging!
Have fun everyone, and good luck!
Score sheet for final challenge:
First Impressions-- ( /5)What did you think of the poem from the start? What did you expect? Did you impressions change by the end of the poem? A strong start equals a strong ending.
Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation- ( /10)
Does the poet respect our language conventions and provide punctuation to aid the reader in understanding of the poem? Do spelling errors interrupt the flow of the poem’s language? Are there distortions of word order that seem artificial and obscure meaning? This is the final challenge, so these poems should be the best of the best. Spelling really shouldn't even be an issue here.. (Note: I copied and pasted exactly what was sent)
Sonnet Form-- ( /25) Was the poem in the correct form of an English Shakespearean sonnet? Was the rhyme scheme correct? The poem should have 14 LINES, and the following rhyme scheme. I've decided it's okay if they have ONE little snag, because this a rather difficult challenge, but they shouldn't have anything other than that.
Flow/ Rythm ( /20)—
How well did the poem flow? Did the rhymes work well together? Were there any lines that were overweighted with stanzas, causing the poem to sound choppy and uneven? Did the poet switch to the next line at appropriate times? Were the stanzas separated at the right time?
The Sense/ Imagery-- ( /30)
How vivid was your experience with the assigned sense? Could you smell the smells? See the sights? Hear the sounds? Feel the touch? Taste the flavor? The whole point of the challenge was to make your experience with the sense as thorough as possible. Did the poet accomplish that? (ALSO INCLUDE THEIR POINTS FOR IMAGERY HERE)
WOW Factor -- ( /10)
Replacing "1st impressions", did anything in the poem cause you to marvel? In the last two lines, they had the option to include a Volta, which is a shift in tone. If they did include a volta, give them a couple of bonus points here.