ROUND ONE: 1-dazzle vs. 16-diphthongs


The word 1-dazzle was suggested by Iroquois Intermediate’s thinkers, readers, and writers.

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Things to Consider in Making a Choice:

  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
  • Creativity: wordplay, imagery, unusual approach, etc.
  • Subtle elements that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Your overall response: emotional reaction such as admiration, tears, laughter, terror, or some indefinable feeling.

Here are the poems:

1-dazzle
Dawn Calling
By Victoria Warneck

Some days when I lie on the edge of awake
(before I am conscious of self-doubt and ache)
I glimpse myself moving with purposeful stride
unhampered by vanity, ego, or pride.

Then I gasp at the scope of the love I could bring
to a world sorely needing to laugh and to sing.
For when all the pretense is stripped away bare
the truths that remain dazzle and dare.

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16-diphthongs
Hound Dog’s Lament
By Julie Larios

I’m the Duke of Diphthongs – I know that it sounds nuts,
but when I howl the vowels glide around, unlike a normal mutt’s.

I howwww-owwww-owwwl my head off. I never bark, I mourn.
I have to play my diphthongs just like Louis Armstrong played his horn.

A dachshund is no Blues Man – his song consists of yips.
But I’m a hound, my sound is true to how-owwwwww-OWWWWWWWWWW a diphthong dips.

 




1-dazzle vs. 16-diphthongs

  • 1-dazzle (Victoria Warneck) (52%, 126 Votes)
  • 16-diphthongs (Julie Larios) (48%, 116 Votes)

Total Voters: 242

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  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    I can’t believe that I’m the first to comment on these words. I could say so many dazzling things about dipthongs… but won’t.

  • http://www.dorainebennett.com Doraine Bennett

    And howl at the dawn, too.

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    What a contrast. Great job and tough to choose.

  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    Great jobs ladies.

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Both these poems dazzle me! Julie, I think you must have known my late beagle.

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    These are both beautifully done. But howling diphthongs – wow.

  • http://jlielarios.blogspot.com Julie Larios

    What fun this was – howlicious! Thank you, Victoria, for your poem – I sure know that sleepy territory at “the edge of awake.” And thanks to the students of Iroquois Intermediate for joining in on the fun and providing one of the words. Now I’m off to vote in 31 other pairings – what a morning!

  • Victoria Warneck

    Thank YOU, Julie. I’d been wishing that I’d submitted something humorous, but after reading Hound Dog’s Lament I am glad that I didn’t! I will forevermore associate diphthongs with beagles and basset hounds. :-)

  • http://julierowanzoch.wordpress.com julie rowan zoch

    Very tough choice here. Really like both of these!

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Julie’s hound dog has nothing to lament–he iz whut he iz an he izzit well. Masterful handling of diphthongs! Victoria’s last line is a dazzler.

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    How on earth am I supposed to pick between these two winners?!?

  • http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    Victoria – Oh, that morning feeling. It is true how it’s just how we choose to see it when we waken each day. And Julie – a Louis Armstrong hound. Yes. We have one.

  • http://www.childrensauthorbjlee.com B.J. Lee

    howling dipthongs (brilliant!) and dazzling truths (also brilliant!)

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Applause for both! They’re dazzling. Must say that hound dog has me smitten – I was wondering how you were going to tame “diphthongs,” Julie, and mentioned to Ed I’m glad the word fell to such capable hands. Well done, Ladies!

  • http://julielarios.blogspot.com Julie Larios

    Congratulations, Victoria – on you go to Round Two!I’m going to sit back now and enjoy reading what those of you who are moving ahead will do with your new words…have fun!

  • Victoria Warneck

    Thank you, Julie. I am happy to get another chance with a new word — I just wish I could keep following you through subsequent rounds! Finding your blog will be one of the lasting benefits of this little adventure (and you can bet that my kids will *always* know what a diphthong is).