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Poetry is an art form I have enjoyed for many years. I am particularly fond of the lyrical flow of classical poetry. I employ simplicity of words in my poems, but equally enjoy poetry in which elegant words and expressions are skillfully used.

Interlocking Rubaiyat Contest - Follow-up

Blog Posted:10/17/2021 2:16:00 PM

As a follow-up to the Interlocking Rubaiyat contest still in progress, I wanted to inform all who decide to participate as to what judging criteria will be used. It will aid me to better judge and assign placements to each poem entered in the contest. See the sample list below. Of course, evaluating a poem is subjective, but including a guide can help.

There are ten categories, and each can garner a score of between 0 through 10. The total score of all categories will determine a poem's placement. In case of a tie, the final placement will be at the discretion of the contest sponsor.

Also, to ensure the anonymity of the poem's author, I am refraining from viewing/reading any of the various pages listing recently posted poems.

So far, several noteworthy poems have been submitted. I hope others will join in and challenge themselves with the given form.

Criterion                                             Points


Adherence to poetic form used                10
Adherence to rules                                  7
Clarity of imagery and language                9
Coherence                                              9
Creativity                                                8
Cadence (meter & rhythm)                     10
Grammar                                               8
Originality                                              8
Overall poetic structure                           8
Rhyme                                                  8
    Total Score                                      85

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Date: 10/20/2021 6:53:00 AM
Dear Poet and Dear Sponsor, good to find your rules, and to know how poems are marked in your contest. I found judging (especially the Premiere) a bit difficult, although tried my thought of using a rubric, like I used as a teacher. Thanks for the follow-up. Best wishes ~ Mala
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Angel L Villanueva
Date: 10/20/2021 1:46:00 PM
Thank you for your comment, Mala. I do think the use of a scoring system is helpful when judging poems. It would aid in narrowing down the best ones. To that end, it seems to me that using a rubric would work.
Date: 10/18/2021 7:02:00 AM
Angel, does the poem have to be in meter ?
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Constance La France
Date: 10/18/2021 3:07:00 PM
Angel, thanks for your reply. I do not know how to do either so I will have to skip this contest but I wish you success with the judging part, never easy _ peace and tranquility _Constance
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Angel L Villanueva
Date: 10/18/2021 2:43:00 PM
Hi Constance. Yes, meter is required; iambic meter preferably, but for this contest a mix of iambic and trochee is allowed.
Date: 10/17/2021 9:21:00 PM
I hope to check out your contest sometime. Good luck with it, Angel
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Angel L Villanueva
Date: 10/18/2021 3:31:00 AM
Thank you, Andrea. I appreciate your kind expression.
Date: 10/17/2021 2:48:00 PM
Hi Angel, good idea and good contest. I will say, however, that the more complicated the requirements, the more likely 1) fewer entries, and 2) more entries that do not follow the rules. In my contest, for example, the rules are so simple: "TWO LINES OF RHYME ONLY, PLEASE!!!!! MORE THAN TWO LINES (A COUPLET) WILL BE ELIMINATED AUTOMATICALLY. Give me the best two RHYMING lines you think you've ever written." And, would you believe I am still getting full page poems that go on and on? Obviously, they didn't read the rules, so they are automatically eliminated. And, this is the second or third time I have done this same contest! Sad!!! Good luck, Angel.
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Date: 10/17/2021 3:43:00 PM
I agree, Milton. I have seen it much too often in other contests. It is unfortunate. However, my thought is that if a poet wants to improve his or her writing, learn new poetic forms and all that goes with them, then complexity may be part of the process. Why not challenge themselves? I do like your approach; it has certainly resulted in some beautifully penned lines. Thank you, Milton.

My Past Blog Posts

Interlocking Rubaiyat Contest Finalized
Date Posted: 11/3/2021 7:44:00 AM
Interlocking Rubaiyat Contest - Follow-up
Date Posted: 10/17/2021 2:16:00 PM
Hosting My First Contest - Interlocking Rubaiyat
Date Posted: 10/3/2021 9:19:00 AM

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9/14/2021 Nightmare Rubaiyatallegory,child,dream,
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9/2/2021 Autumn Tears Quatrainautumn,beauty,change,red,
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8/15/2021 Till Death Us Part Quatrainanniversary,marriage,roma
7/29/2021 Acceptance Pantoumbody,health,
7/27/2021 Morn Senryumorning,nature,
1/17/2021 Blue Jay Haikubeauty,bird,blue,song,
1/15/2021 The Name We Leave Rubaiyatcharacter,identity,rememb
1/13/2021 Alone With Silence Rubaiyatchange,faith,silence,soci
12/25/2020 Winter's Hold Sonnetseasons,snow,spring,winte
12/10/2020 Hall of Dreams Quatraindream,imagination,poems,p
12/6/2020 A Walk At Night Quatrainlove,moon,night,romance,s
11/29/2020 The Choice Sonnetcourage,devotion,enduranc
11/26/2020 Before He Goes Rhymedeath,farewell,for her,po
11/24/2020 To The King of The North Rhymebible,endurance,judgement
11/21/2020 Winter's Broken Promise Pantoumseasons,snow,winter,
11/18/2020 That Day Curtal Sonnetlove,marriage,romance,rom
11/15/2020 O Death Enclosed Rhymebible,death,faith,hope,st
11/10/2020 Strength To Cope Trioletendurance,faith,hope,trus
11/1/2020 November's Early Kiss Laynovember,october,seasons,
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10/18/2020 An Autumn Path Rubaiyatautumn,farm,nature,season
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10/11/2020 Inner Beauty Sonnetage,beauty,flower,romanti
6/7/2020 Oppose Darkness Quaternendurance,faith,truth,
5/24/2020 To Death I Spoke Coupletdeath,dream,faith,hope,li
5/15/2020 A Healing In The Woods Sonnetage,fear,loneliness,memor
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5/8/2020 Endless Dream Sonnetdream,imagery,romance,
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5/7/2020 Intangible Coupletbeach,lost love,memory,ro
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5/4/2020 Raindrops Call Coupletmemory,rain,youth,
5/3/2020 Winter's Breath Quintain (English)seasons,snow,spring,winte
5/2/2020 Should Words Fail Me Quatrainlove,marriage,romantic,wi
5/2/2020 Dance of The Maple Seeds Rubaiyatappreciation,beauty,seaso
5/2/2020 Endless Bloom Sonnetappreciation,beautiful,lo
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4/29/2020 Write Your Dreams Rubaiyatdream,muse,poems,poetry,p
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These Days Rubaiyatworld,
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