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Compounding The Verse

Contest Judged:  5/23/2020 12:31:00 PM
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Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, New poem on any theme using The Compound Word Verse Form. 

 15 Lines Only. 

 The  Compound Word Verse is a Poetry form created by Margaret R. Smith.

 It consists of five 3- line stanzas, for a total of 15 Lines. 

The last line of each stanza ends in a compound word, which all share a common stem word. The stem word Must be used in the title. In the example below the stem word is "snow".  The syllable count is 8,8,3, with a rhyme scheme of aab, ccd, eef, ggh, *iik OR cck*

 1. Check your rhymes with

2. Check your syllables with

3. Date Your Poem, No Names. 

4.  The link below is  list of compond words, you can check the web for other lists

5. Closed compound words only.





                          The Unexpected Snow

              Tree limbs become old fashioned lace;
               camillias wear the cold embrace
                    of snowflakes.

                  The early snow brings such delight,
                    though day turns quickly into night
                          as snowdrifts

                 capture roads, and pile at the door;
            the bitter winds moan tales, the lore 
                    of snowstorms.

            Light dances from the gleaming grate
                   until at last the winds abate, 
                  still snowbound.

                  Pale dawn reveals a world of white
                transformed by nature in the night, 
                        a snowscape.

 Copyright © 2010 Margaret R Smith



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. 

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.