For this final challenge, the five remaining competitors will each be assigned one of the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste). Their job is to write a poem as if they were writing it for someone who was born without this sense. Not only do they need to describe this sense to the person, but help them experience the sense(in a mental way, of course). Now we aren't, of course, going to be able to find any blind or deaf judges, so they are just going to pretend they don't have the sense and evaluate you (for the most part) on how vivid their experience with the sense was. Here's the tough part.. you're going to write it in SONNET form. Specifically, and ENGLISH SHAKESPEARIAN Sonnet.
You should all be familiar with sonnets, but if you're not, you're going to want to head over here:
Ex.(just to be perfectly clear): Imagine you are deaf. One of the competitors is going to write you a poem that helps you experience the sense of hearing. If they do their job right, you should be able to hear the sounds that are included in the poem, but make sure it's in sonnet form. (Imagery is super important here)
Competitors will not be judged by each other this time. Each competitor will be evaluated by four different judges (that I've hand selected) that are not competing against them, with a score sheet that I've created myself. I'll post the poems on my profile, and have the judges email me the completed score sheets for each poem. Then, I'll post the winners and email the competitors their score sheets so they have plenty of feedback. I'm doing this so the competitors will be unaware of who judged their poems. (Plus the comments are broken on the tournament story..) Thus making the feedback 100% brutally honest. The poets with the 3 highest averages will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The 4th and 5th place will be awarded honorable mention for making it to the last round.
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.