ROUND ONE: 8-razed vs. 9-dilatory


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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:

8-razed
Conquest
By Marileta Robinson

Spring has razed
Winter’s ice castles
Drenched the rubble
In warming rains
No trace remains
Warblers herald the new regime:
Down with the brown!
Up with the green!

vs.

9-dilatory
Late for Class
By Hannah Ruth Wilde

My English teacher says I’m “dilatory.”
Wasting time? That’s not the story.
First, I text to get the latest.
Then, check shirt for Cheetos traces.
Gel hair, scope the hall, think of what to say.
Swagger, flash cool smile, slowly walk away.
Best use of time, Teach?
Make mine an A.

 




8-razed vs. 9-dilatory: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 8-razed (Marileta Robinson) (62%, 97 Votes)
  • 9-dilatory (Hannah Ruth Wilde) (38%, 61 Votes)

Total Voters: 157

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

    Wow! I can’t wait to see your poems!

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

    These are intriguing words to say the least. Looking forward to reading.

  • Marileta Robinson

    Hannah, I can’t wait to see your poem. I had to look up dilatory to see what it meant!

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

    Swagger. What a great word, Hannah. Wait, you had dilatory. Lots of attitude in that poem.
    And Marileta, I’m dreaming green.
    Nice job ladies!

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

    I knew this would be a close call. Two tight little stories here – well done!

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

    Each such a scene. I enjoyed both of them very much. It’s fun to feel the rooting for spring through the pairings today!

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

    I can see this kid’s swagger. And what a wonderful scene Marileta painted with brown into green (but why is there still white out my window?)

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    Hi Marileta,
    Is it sacrilege to say I like your poem better? Very beautiful. So much fun and lovely to “meet” you here!

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

    Kudos to the both of you. Very enjoyable! Conquest is beautiful and Late for Class nailed it!

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

    Both great…like Renee said, tight and clear. Difficult vote.

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Such lovely images, Marileta! I could see it all. Hannah, I so giggled at the Cheetos!

  • Marileta Robinson

    Hannah, I think your poem is wonderful. Such a vivid little movie (dating myself. Youtube video?) of this kid!

  • http://underconstruction Jane Patton

    Hey, there…loved the poetry…didn’t recognize you in your short “do!”

  • Marileta Robinson

    Hi, Jane! Good to hear from you!

  • Carrie Finison

    I love the ending of Marileta’s poem, and I love how Hannah defines that difficult word for kids in her poem. Very nicely done, both of you!

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    Marileta,
    Thanks for your lovely comment and congratulations!!! I look forward enjoying another poem from you in round two!

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    Thanks to all for the support and wonderful comments! What a great community we have!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Oh, my. I really adored the voice and story of Hannah’s narrator. But in the end, I had to go with Marileta’s stunning language. I know I sound whiny, but I’m getting tired of making tough choices this morning! Could someone deliver a bad poem please, and make it easy for me to vote?

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

    I’m with Laura! My mind and ears are filled with wonderfulness reading all these poems, but having to vote is giving me a headache! Well done, ladies. Hannah, you’ve captured a very convincing teen attitude! Marileta, great to see you here – and your language is gorgeous. Love those lively two last lines!

  • Marileta Robinson

    Thank you, Hannah. Your poem is very cool. Keep up the great work.

  • Gabby

    I love both of the poems!!!!!!!