TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE - 8-24-10 & 9-1-10

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TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE - 8-24-10 & 9-1-10

Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:54 pm

This week's challenger is mae! Here are some suggestions she has come up with to make life interesting for us all! :)

1 One of the pitfalls of writing is overuse of adjectives. Just for a bit of practice, try writing a short descriptive poem without using any adjectives. Instead, use verbs, gerunds, phrases, even the dreaded adverb - but no adjectives.

#2 This month saw the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Take us on a trip to space!

#3 Word List: consume, above, date, service, privilege, request, discuss, avoid, request, ticket
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Postby mae » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:57 pm

Ummmm...mlou, today is the 24th - not the 14th. :D

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Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:03 pm

Yeah...it wasn't the brain, it was the fingers...I carefully checked the date before I posted...for all the good it did me! lol
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Postby mae » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:04 pm

And never mind the numbers - I obviously can't count!

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Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:06 pm

We're pitiful, aren't we?? :D
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Postby JillStar » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:07 pm

Oh... but I am writing. :)
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Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:10 pm

Well, that's a plus! lol So am I! Another plus...:)
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Postby Mlou » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:24 am

Looks like we'll hold over this week....
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Postby LilacWine » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:34 pm

Might as well. I think I might do a piece for #1 based on Stephen King's quote "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." But not until next week.
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Postby mae » Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:36 pm

Challenge #1 - no use of adjectives.

sex and the Olfactory Nerves


He stumbled as though smitten with a palsy,
and fell into the room.
He bore an aura of odors,
some of cooking, some from working,
and some the scent of her perfume.
Then there was the scent of desire.
Fulfilled.


She lay on the bed, remembering.
He'd left her side a while ago
but she wanted to enjoy the memory.
She remembered how he smelled,
the combination of scents
he brought with him.
Some were kitchen smells,
there was the smell of sweat
and the scent she'd smelled before -
desire.

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Postby Mlou » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:35 pm

That'salotta smells in there! Good job, mae! It's good for us to abjure adjectives occasionally. (Actually, you have one in there. In this instance, kitchen is modifying smells, isn't it?) I understand Olfactory Nerves but I'm not sure I remember what sex is. :roll:
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Postby mae » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:26 am

Kitchen is a NOUN, dahlink, used as a descriptive word. However, I understand what you mean. But would you call a gerund an adjective if it described (e.g.,running water)? I don't know how to view it, exactly. The idea was to use other parts of speech to describe. Hmmm.

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Postby mae » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:28 am

Only three scents, mlou. They both smelled the same scents - to me, it sounds like he needs a bath!

Well, I know how to spell sex, but...!

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Postby Mlou » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:43 am

It's been many decades since I had to parse a sentence but I still see the straight lines and the slanted lines modifying...etc. At least we got a solid foundation in the basics, unlike present students (for the most part). The creative spelling and grammar, even on AP where you'd expect a more literate approach, boggles the mind.
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Postby mae » Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:13 pm

Diagramming sentences (that's what we called it - but it sounds the same as "parsing") was one of my very FAVORITE things to do! My friends all thought I was nuts - and not just slightly nuts, but full on.

I'm not sure a teen would know what a gerund is now.

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Postby JillStar » Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:26 pm

Hm, I think I may have to try a poem like this... two stanzas that describe something from two different points of view. Men and women see sex and all its aspects from completely different angles. I can definitely see a man smelling sweat as work while a woman just thinks he stinks.
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Postby Mlou » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:54 am

hee hee...go for it, Jill!
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