ROUND ONE: 1-potion vs. 16-bastardized


The word 1-potion was suggested by Mrs. Kistler and the 49’ers.

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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.

*PARENTAL ADVISORY WARNING: Though my research showed that it has no history as a curse word, the 16-seed word assigned in this matchup may cause offense to some. Please do NOT take it out on Elizabeth, who fulfilled her task as authlete admirably. Direct your feedback to me, privately, and evaluate the poems objectively in the context of the given challenge. Thank you! -Ed

Here are the poems:

1-potion
Cafeteria Chemistry
By Anna J. Boll

Squirt some ketchup, add some cheese
Boogers from my best friend’s sneeze
Pour on milk and mustard too
Cookie crumbs and yogurt goo

Grab a sporkful, close your eyes
Joey’s brownie is the prize
Swallow Lunchtray Potion down
And you’ll earn the Dare-King crown.

vs.

16-bastardized
Shaking Up The Classics
By Elizabeth Brahy

Would Shakespeare be surprised
To see his plays so bastardized,
Musical-ized, comic-book-sized?
The classics must be lionized.

Yet wouldn’t we soon forget
Poor Hamlet and dear Juliet
If we didn’t renew and reinterpret?
Shakespeare can handle it I bet!

 




1-potion vs. 16-bastardized: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 1-potion (Anna J. Boll) (60%, 119 Votes)
  • 16-bastardized (Elizabeth Brahy) (40%, 81 Votes)

Total Voters: 200

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  • http://canofbookworms.com Nessa Morris

    I cannot wait to see how BASTARDIZED is used. Definitely a 16-seed word. Good luck to both of you, ladies.

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

    Whoa. That’s the 16th-est seed word so far…

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    OK, I know bastardized is not a “bad” word, but I hope none of our teacher friends are offended. It could be a difficult word to define quickly in a classroom setting without some unwanted comments/questions coming up. Having visited some very small-town/conservative schools somewhat recently, I can imagine there would be some issues with that one.

    Meanwhile–I can’t wait to see what Elizabeth comes up with!

  • http://annajboll.com Anna J. Boll

    It’s true that I wouldn’t wish Elizabeth’s word on anyone. I had a blast trying to write the best poem I could for Mrs. Kistler and the 49’ers! Thanks to the whole class for the inspiration.-Anna

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

    Yup, that’s a tough one for a kids’ poem, but I have faith that our MM poets will deliver no matter what they’re given! Really looking forward to seeing both your poems!

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    Hmm, a tough one for sure, bastardized, but I sure look forward to what Elizabeth does and learning how to handle a 16-seed word from her. And potion–oh, that would be a fun one! All the images involved are dancing in my head.

  • Elizabeth

    The expectations are killing me!

  • angie breault

    Elizabeth,I have to say I am very impressed with how you handled your word. I think I was almost as nervous reading your poem as I was my own, but you did great, both of you did. Well done. :)

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

    Kids will love Anna’s goopy potion poem. And Elizabeth – very clever, the perfect use of the word. Well done on both sides.

  • http://scribblebabble.blogspot.com Mara Rae

    Elizabeth, you did amazingly well considering the word you got! Well done :)

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

    Shakespeare and boogers. Which should I pick? (I crack me up.)

    • http://thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com Mrs. Harvey

      Just for the record, you crack me up too!

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

    How “bastardized” would be used was my big question going into this round. Well done! And as for the food – perfectly gross!

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

    That Dare-King is truly gross and wonderful. And I stand in awe of how you used bastardized!

  • http://www.mattforrest.com Matt Forrest

    Well done, both of you! And if anyone is offended by “bastardized,” it might be a good opportunity to spend some time studying 16th-century English, since the word is at least that old!

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    That is hilarious Q.

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Both poems were fantastic. Great work. Both seemed to fit well for the age range…a 15 yr old wold get the Shakespeare I think. Hard vote. Loved them both.

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

    More than any other word, I wondered how someone would use “bastardized”. What a great job! And as for “potion”…kids wills giggle and giggle!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Another round where I want to vote for both!

  • http://www.loridegman.com Lori Degman

    Boy vs Bard – tough one!

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

    Hats off, Elizabeth. Well done.

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

    Oh, and Anna — do you sit with my 5th grade boys at lunch for inspiration?!?! Spot on!!

  • Carrie Finison

    Only use of ‘spork’ in a MM poem, and definitely the only use of ‘bastardized.’ Cheers all around.

  • http://MainelyWrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

    Sporks…next best thing to troughs! Great job, poets!

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

    I liked that surprising “sporkful,” too – and am really impressed with how Elizabeth answered the challenge of “bastardized” – well done!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    This was so difficult to choose! Great job, both of you. I liked the content of Elizabeth’s better, but the meter/flow of Anna’s better. Thinking…

  • suzy

    she had me at “spork”

  • Janet F.

    I second Lori above!!! Really Elizabeth, a huge toast for pulling off a truly kid-useable poem with bastardized. Doubting Tom that I was, you pulled it off. And Anna, kids will relate to this disgusting science dare!!!! Arrgh and yuck rolled into both poems. Here!! Here!! Poets.

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

    Excellent!