A Poem in the Kipling Manner Free Poetry Contest Details
A Poem in the Kipling Manner
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|Deadline||3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
|Note From Sponsor||I have extended the deadline for this contest as I haven&#39;t received the minimum number of entries yet.
What to Submit?
The title of this contest is taken from one of the Archy & Mehitabel stories
by Don Marquis, where Archy, a free verse poet reincarnated as a
cockroach (a subtle implication) is suddenly seized by a desire to
write in the opposite of his usual style and does so in a rollicking
parody of Kipling.
This contest pits you against Archy rather than the body of Kipling's work.
Here is a sample of Archy's parody:
the cockroach stood by the mickle wood
in the flush of the astral dawn
and he sniffed the air from the hidden lair
where the khyber swordfish spawn
and the bile and belch of the glutton welsh
as they smelted their warlock cheese
surged to and fro where the grinding floe
wrenched at the headlands knees
(Archy used no uppercase characters because he couldn't work
the Shift key,being a cockroach and all.)
And here is a sample of Kipling from Gunga Din, which is clearly the style parodied by Archy:
You may talk o' gin and beer when you're quartered safe out 'ere
An' you're sent to penny-fights an' Aldershot it
But when it comes to slaughter, you will do your work on water
An' you'll lick the bloomin' boots of 'im that's got it
Now in Injia's sunny clime, where I used to spend my time
A-servin' of 'Er Majesty the Queen
Of all them blackfaced crew,the finest man I knew
Was our regimental bhisti, Gunga Din
Note the general rhyme scheme, the internal rhyming on the
odd-numbered lines and the consistent iambic meter throughout the stanza.
The rhyme and meter scheme above is the primary requirement for eligibility. No exceptions, sorry.
The poem should also be outwardly directed (no angst please)
and of good length.
Extra points for Kipling-like use of dialect and regional or occupational
terminology and slang.
This should be fun. Get out that rhyming dictionary!
See my poem "Cruising the Drag" for my attempt at a Kipling parody.
First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
Twelve Honorable Mentions
Preparing Your Entry
Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations or fancy fonts.
Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.
A Note to Poetry Contestants
You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests.