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Blog Posted:1/14/2020 6:02:00 PM

I'd like to take a moment to celebrate the winners of the Italian Sonnet contest. As Dear Heart's blog alluded, most poets are born, yet not all excel. These are some that excelled in this challenge. Only those who combined true iamb flow with the proper rhyme scheme and enlightened content were chosen. Greg Barden's sonnet was clearly the best for me on all counts as Greg is never "ordinary". He speaks of a poets passion and tosses between a sparrow's song and whispering, to being grounded on shoals and the wonderfully uncommon image created by the "bleeding from the hem of days remains" and warmth in your veins and the sunset's ownership of the sky - a special write. JP Marmaro's "Which Door to Open" is such a well constructed write, a conundrum which brings to mind Frost's "The Road Not Taken", yet cleverly includes the theme with a door to open. Sandra Adams is proof that a top quality free verser CAN write meter and do it very well; an excellent way to skillfully write about a heart, with the pulse of the sonnet, when simple syllables could never do as well. Another Sandra (Haight) was next with a cute Christmas story. Sandra has always been consistent with her quality of all she writes. Frederic is another of the skilled sonneteers on the soup and sharing the wisdom of life. Nina always has an original take of any muse and this one took us on a fun emotional ride in 14 lines. LuLoo is one who improves month by month and poem to poem and I love what she did with this prompt that brought back memories about film and a wish that the best of life will win. Frankly my dear Scarlet you did a nice job as a new member and obviously have a good understanding of meter and your message is a wise one. My only thing you might think of changing is the cliche line about glitter and gold, but well done! Thank you all who entered but in fairness I had to stick with the rules and requirements I listed.

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Date: 1/15/2020 7:53:00 PM
Wow Thank you Craig for such kind words...i remember your blank verse contest and how off my meter was, i was clueless but a little advice from you and some researching the internet paid off... i was worried and wrote two for the contest and then picked the better of the italian sonnet is something i would not have thought of attempting a few months ago... i had top sonnet writers such as Teppo fave mine which gave me an added boost of confidence... thank you for always challenging me to better my poetry! Free verse will always come easiest for me but attempting new forms is pretty cool, succeeding at them is an added bonus and a good feeling :) hugs
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Date: 1/15/2020 7:43:00 PM
Thank you so kindly for my placement, Craig, and sincere congratulations to all who placed! Blessings! :o)
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Date: 1/15/2020 5:42:00 AM
i didn't enter this contest craig (italian sonnets aren't really my thing lol but i would love to read one about a gondola ride in venice), but i've read all your winners and there's some wonderful writing..i have to say that as a judge you are always on the mark, you have a way of homing in on the quality writes, and you are never biased, you genuinely judge on merit alone, which is so good to see :)
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Date: 1/15/2020 5:46:00 PM
Charlotte, thanks so much! Many newbies here don't know you but those that do have a deep respect for for your artful poetry.
Date: 1/15/2020 3:29:00 AM
Having read these amazing entries, I'm honoured to be included on the list, Craig. I do agree with the comment about 'all that glitters is not gold' but it's amazing how few pure rhymes there are for some word sounds and this idiom seemed also to perfectly fit the theme. I guess there's a reason why such gems have passed the test of time. It was famously used of course in Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice' using 'glisters' but the idea goes as far back as Chaucer 'The House of Fame, 1380 - "Hit is not al gold, that glareth". Thank you for the placement and the interesting challenge, Craig.
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Date: 1/15/2020 12:53:00 PM
Yes Scarlet - love that name yet never met anyone with it - hey, you're correct, except when you feel tempted to use a cliche' make it your own and never quote it exactly and you could still end with the word gold but with something that's truly yours. For instance, beauty is only skin deep has similar connotations but we shouldn't use it word for word. Matter of fact, everything we do and say is born from what was. Take care my friend.
Date: 1/15/2020 3:01:00 AM
Craig, congratulations to your winners, all wonderful poets ~
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