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Edmund Blair Leighton - Poetry Contest


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Isaiah Zerbst

 Contest Name

Edmund Blair Leighton

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3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

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 Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............

Edmund Blair Leighton's paintings, some of which I have included to base your poems off of. What you want to strive for is a peaceful and discriptive poem that brings to life the people and surroundings in the paintings. Explain to me who they are, why they are there, what they are doing, &c.

                                                                        A Nibble

Sweet Solitude                                          

The Windmiller's Guest

        1. Please either use the same title as the painting you choose or note which one at the base of your poem.

        2. No names on entries.

        3. New poems based on these paintings only.

        4. Your poem may be any form, however, I am partial to quatrain with correctly done meter and rhythm. Here is an example of what I mean:

/Three chil/-dren, they sat/ on a bridge/

And fished/ in the morn/ with their dog/

Small Ed/-ward im-a/-gined a fish/

But all/ he had caught/ was a log./

This example is eight syllables per line (meter) and has a consistent stress pattern. The first foot of every line is Iambic, the others are anapestic. Iambic is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed; Anapestic is two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed.

The sol/-i-tude /was sweet/ and good/

The gar/-den wrapped /in peace/

While Sar/-ah in/ the path/-way stood/

And sav/-oured the/ re-lease./

This example is Iambic, a stress pattern based on two syllables, an unstressed followed by a stressed. The meter is

These are just some quick poems I wrote for examples, I am sure that anyone up for the challenge could do better. Whip out your pens and pencils and see what you can do! 


First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory

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. 

English Language

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.