View Poll Results: Poetry Contest: Don't Know Much About History

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  • The Dole of the Dane

    2 7.69%
  • Niels Bohr and Quantum Physics

    2 7.69%
  • Victoria by Starlight

    5 19.23%
  • A King's Lament

    5 19.23%
  • Mother of War

    2 7.69%
  • On the Danube (About Marcus Aurelius)

    1 3.85%
  • I never knew you

    9 34.62%
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    All are at the crossroads qimissung's Avatar
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    I'll be sure to let you know about the next one, Aunty.
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
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    voted.

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    Thank you, Yuka. Today's the last day to vote!
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Just two more hours to vote...
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Voting is now over. I'll announce the winner shortly.
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    All are at the crossroads qimissung's Avatar
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    And the winner is Lykren with "I Never Knew You."


    I never knew you.

    Reduced to ashes
    in the first fire
    of their confusion,
    your strength survived
    in the face of its own absurdity.

    The peasant's tender hands,
    once bent to war,
    hardened irretrievably, no doubt.
    Did you ever kiss?

    But it is your stony
    visions, cold and real
    in the twilight fog,
    I think of most.
    I have had such visions.

    Three saints, they say?
    I am sure
    there were dozens.
    Coming in simple shifts,
    gathering as a storm gathers,

    were they silent
    or did they speak?

    And when you mounted
    the final mount
    and viewed Rouen
    the waste of sky
    the stillness
    could there have been fear?
    Or was there, as ever, love?

    I never knew you.
    But love
    never yet
    knew knowledge.
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Congratulations Lykren - it's a great poem, and your victory is entirely deserved!

    Thank you to Buh4Bee, mona amon and YesNo for voting for my Victoria by Starlight, and a particular thank you to Prendrelemick and Grit for not only voting for it but describing it as 'Keats-like' and 'exceptional' - it is neither of these things, but the compliments are very flattering and cheered me up no end!

    A great contest overall, and it was very pleasing how close it all was. Can't wait for the next one!
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    Congratulations Lykren! I really enjoyed your poem.

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    Congratulations, Lykren!

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    Yes, congratulations, Lykren. Everyone did a lovely job, as usual.

    Now that the contest is officially over, all those who were entered in the contest are free to post their poems elsewhere on the forum.
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Not a bad array of verse on historical topics, an eclectic bunch at that. How many poems have you read about Niels Bohr or Marcus Aurelius lately? I voted for "A King's Lament," the one which managed to blend an archaic figure with contemporary sensibilities, i.e. the discovery of Richard III's bones under a parking lot. Not only were the rhyme and meter pitch-perfect, the work provided some good (and I certainly assume intentional) laughs.

    The one about Victoria was good, but adopting a bit more contemporary tone language would have served the poem well, emphasizing the difference between the Victorian Age and our own. Even so, kudos for choosing to write in meter rather than free verse, which increases the "degree of difficulty" and thus enhances not only the process but the finished poem.

    Congratulations to the winning entry, which launched from the premise of the contest, "don't know much about. . ." But the author of this one had knowledge about Joan of Arc to produce a winning verse about her.

    Thanks to all.
    Last edited by AuntShecky; 05-10-2013 at 03:53 PM.

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    Cheers!

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    I'm late to my own party, it seems like!

    Wow! Thanks to everyone who voted for me, as well as all the other wonderful poets who submitted. I feel bad about not voting, though - I meant to vote for A King's Lament (it was hilarious) but I got distracted and forgot. Sorry about that.

    Anyways... till next time!

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    Glad you made it, Lykren!
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Well done Lykren.


    I must say having AuntSheky vote for my "A King's Lament" feels like winning.
    Last edited by prendrelemick; 05-13-2013 at 01:57 AM.
    ay up

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