Poetry Contest: The Dark Noob
The Dark Noob Results
Grand prize: DC$ 27
Contest Creator: DarkAsh
The rules were given as the following:
This contest is for Trial and Postcard members only. It will require you to write one Sonnet. If you've just found this lovely little site and want to join but are too broke, now is your chance! So Sonnets! Let's get on it!
There's a url which can explain what a Sonnet is if you're not sure...
If that doesn't work. A Sonnet is 14 lines of poetry broken down into 4 verses or quatrains and it must rhyme like this:
ABAB / CDCD / EFEF / GG
So that's 3 quatrains of 4 lines with alternating rhymes followed by 2 lines that rhyme together.
Also it must be written in Iambic Pentameter which means each line must have 10 beats of alternating stressed and unstressed syllables.
Here is something to help explain Iambic Pentameter better, taken from the above url...
Five pairs of alternating unstressed and stressed syllables
The rhythm in each line sounds like:
ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM
Most of Shakespeare’s famous quotations fit into this rhythm. For example:
If mu- / -sic be / the food / of love, / play on
Is this / a dag- / -ger I / see be- / fore me?
Each pair of syllables is called an iambus. You’ll notice that each iambus is made up of one unstressed and one stressed beat (ba-BUM).
Okay I hope that's enough info to get you started on your Sonnets, if not you can always use the lovely Underweb to figure it out.
Sonnets will be judged on structure, spelling and punctuation, and creativity.
I am only going to select one winner for the sake of simplicity
The Prize: $27 Ducats