ROUND ONE: 2-fickle vs. 15-anthropomorphization


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    • Classrooms should submit one vote as a class.
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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:

2-fickle
Blow It Up, Pufferfish!
By Laura Salas

Pufferfish, thin fickle fish,
you slimly, slowly swim.
But here come
FINS and NEEDLE-GRIN!
Dinner could be…grim.
On a whim, you swallow sea,
elastically inflate.
You’re safe!
Your drastic, fickle, fluffy shape’s
too round to be shark bait!

vs.

15-anthropomorphization
Disney’s Plan
by Melinda Harvey

Walter Disney was a talented man with an anthropomorphization* plan.
From Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Rabbit, he made turning objects into humans a habit.
McQueen from Cars thought that he was greater but, he learned to be humble like his friend Mater
Lumiere and Chip Potts urged Belle, “Be our guest.”; with time, love and patience, she helped Beast pass the test.
Disney gave objects a heart and a face. Can he do the same for our human race?

*the act of giving human characteristics to non-human objects

 




2-fickle vs. 15-anthropomorphization: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 2-fickle (Laura Salas) (51%, 168 Votes)
  • 15-anthropomorphization (Melinda Harvey) (49%, 159 Votes)

Total Voters: 327

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

    Good luck Melinda. I wouldn’t want to go up against Laura, especially with, well, I can’t even type your word!

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    This is the first ever 7-syllable #MMPoetry word.

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Oh man oh man….Melinda, lotsa luck with this one. Laura, good luck to you too.

  • http://Thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com Melinda Harvey

    Thanks for the encouragement! I was flabbergasted when I saw my word! I’m all for raising the bar, Ed, but a seven syllable word!? I am up for the challenge….see you in 13 hours!

  • http://kraftyellenwrites.com Kathy Ellen Davis

    I remember learning 100 new words in english class in 8th grade.
    Fickle was one of them!

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    Yikes! Good luck ladies!

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

    Yeow! SEVEN syllables!!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Melinda, if you’re able to produce *any* poem that uses it, I think even I’M going to have to vote for you!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    And thanks for all the good luck wishes! I had a blast with “fickle.” In fact, in several writing workshops with kids lately, we’ve read “Letter Poem to a Mailbox,” by Marjorie Maddox, and in that poem, the mailbox is a “friend of fickle weather.” So I spent half my writing time just reminding myself to make something OTHER than weather fickle. It just kept creeping back into my head:>)

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

    Yowza! Anthropuh-whatever…what a challenge!! And I love to say fickle. Another bout to watch. Best of luck, autheletes.

  • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna

    The word anthropomorphization is an eight line poem all by itself…

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Nice poem about anthropomorphization! You know, I only knew the word before this tournament because I was looking up Disney characters on Wikipedia and saw that they were “anthropomorphized”! Hah! ;)

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

    Excellent match-up. Melinda, the surprise question at the end is terrific, as is your use of your unwieldy word! Well done! Laura, beautiful sound and imagery, plus…ELASTICALLY? Gorgeous poem! Kudos to you both!

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

    Makes me wonder how each “authlete” comes up with their topic or theme? Puffer fish and Walt Disney what a pairing.

    Hey, did you hear the one about the pufferfish that walked into the bar and sat down next to Walt Disney?

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Hats off to you, Melinda. Nice ending:>)

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

    I love “elastically inflate” Laura! Your poem is fun to read and factually based! Love it!

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

    These two words really found home in their poems. I’d been wondering all week about your looooooong one, Melinda. Disney is a perfect choice. And the pufferfish – “slimly, slowly swim” – wow.

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

    Congrats to both of you for writing wonderful poems for your wonderful words!

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    Wow! What a match up. I am not at all fickle about Laura’s poem! (delightful), and Disney’s “heart and face..human race” – aptly stated, a breath of air.

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

    I just like saying “slimly, slowly swim” and “anthropomorphization plan” over and over! Great job, both of you!

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

    Excellent poetry! I am so glad these are left up forever!

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

    What a match up! Great poems, ladies.

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Oh these are both excellent. Laura, I just knew you would be in your element. Melinda, well done with such a tough word. This is a toughie.

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

    anthropomorphization – YIKES!!

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

    Laura, I love the slow,slow,slow…FAST pace of yours.

    Melinda, great job with a megamultisyllabisaurus of a word!

  • Kristen Winiecki

    Great job on these poems… ‘anthro-something-or-other’ was tricky and fickle is just a fun word to use! Wasn’t there an 8 line limit on this round?

    • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

      There is an 8-line limit but 1) they are “poetic” lines, not necessarily vertical lines, and 2) poets are free to “break” that rule at their own risk anyways.

  • http://Thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com Melinda Harvey

    Don’t feed Ed”s fire! No more lengthy words!!!

  • Devon G.

    i like your poem. it was on the school announcements. Good luck and vote, vote, vote!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Megamultisyllabisaurus, Mary Lee? Well, Melinda picked an appropriate outlet for such a word! Laura’s poem is full of poetic gems, with a fun science lesson to boot.

  • http://www.dianamurray.com DianaM

    These are both wonderful! Nicely done.

    Laura, I never would have thought to pair “fickle” with a blowfish.

  • http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com KatApel

    Great use of anthropomorphization – but FINS and NEEDLE GRIN… we all loved that line here! Such a fun poem in so many ways, with lots of beaut assonance.

  • Janet F.

    Wishing I could let my fickle heart anthropomorphize into a double who would solve my dilemma and VOTE for me in this contest. Dueling poetry at its madness best. How Melinda could even come up with a poem that made sense is a testament to her and Laura’s word flow lets us picture the entire scene. And great for teachers who want to show animal adaptation, I might add. Plus anthropomorphization was part of an Odyssey of the Mind problem a few years back, so there are some kids out there who do know about this concept! Good luck to you both.

  • Bill

    Eight lines??? Was the 8 line maximum more of a guide? Are we okay going longer?

  • Jayden D’Angelo

    I love your poem it rocks.
    Good job Mrs.Harvey!!!!

  • Bill

    I did see there was some discussion about the line limit on another page, but eight lines is eight lines. Maybe a word limit would be more appropriate. This would give the authletes great flexibility. To be honest, while I did enjoy both poems, I did vote for ‘fickle’. In the voter instructions, there is nothing about the line limit so I don’t think it will cost Laura any votes???

    Good luck to both of you as it is going to come down to the wire :)

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

    Congratulations, Laura! I can’t wait to watch you in the next round. It has been a true honor to compete in your shadow!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Shadow, nothing. Look how close this was! Wow. It was fun to face-off with you. Congrats on working with such an impossible word. I am impressed!

  • Gabby

    I love your poem Mrs.Harvey!!!!

  • Gabby

    I love your poem Mrs.Harvey!!!Nice Job going against Laura.

  • Joanne

    I love your poem, Laura! Good work!

    Joanne