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Your task is to write a poem set in our Puzzle Pirate world, that is similar in structure to Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven', in response to the letter pictured above. You should note that both the rhyming schemes and the poetic structure of the original are rather complex, so it's worthwhile to do some research.

Your poem should be devoted to Clotho and/or Atropos, and include a magpie. It does not need to parody Poe's poem - you should come up with your own storyline, setting and reasons for the characters. Choose the length as you see fit, there is no limit on the number of words or verses.

Please note the following requirements carefully for inclusion into your piece, as they make the task more complex and will impact on your score. To clarify, don't include the quotes, do include the instruction inspired by the quote.
  • "tapping at my chamber door" - a scene or setting.
  • "Perched upon a bust of Pallas" - reference to an ingame item.
  • "While I nodded, nearly napping," - alliteration.
  • "still is sitting, still is sitting" - repetition.
  • "sorrow for the lost Lenore" - emotion.


Housekeeping:
  • This event is open to pirates from all production oceans, however, all entries must be in English. If prizes need to be delivered to Jade or Opal, renames and inscriptions will be substituted for something relevant to that ocean.
  • Work must be original.
  • Normal forum rules regarding content, and in-game filter rules apply
  • You may only enter once.
  • There is no word limit! This task is complex enough already :)
  • Deadline: Midnight game time, October 31, 2012. Entries posted or edited after the deadline will be disqualified.
  • Post your entry to the ENTRY THREAD
  • Make sure to include your pirate name and ocean in your entry post, and prize order if it is different to the order listed.


Prizes:
Half a magpie Tan/black parrot familiar, and an inscribed seasonal trinket.
Black and white parrot feather and a Limited edition sloop (TBA) Your choice of a skelly or vampire class sloop, with a standard rename, and an inscribed seasonal trinket.
White and black parrot feather and a Limited edition sloop (skelly or vampire, depending on 2nd place choice) with a standard rename, and an inscribed seasonal trinket.
Furniture package: Pedestal, Female pirate bust, Painting of Palace (hurr hurr), Fancy bookshelf, Black/White Striped chair , Fireplace and Fancy wall lamp, and an inscribed seasonal trinket.

Additionally, Clotho and Atropos have a portrait prize up their sleeves for a winner of their choosing.


Judging
Basically, judging will be broken down into 3 areas, weighted as follows:

(1) Your poem as its own piece (without reference to Poe's work): 50%
(2) Comparison to Poe's work: 30%
(3) Additional inclusions: 20%


Handy Links:
The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe
Wikipedia analysis


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Aw, I whish I could write. I love mr Poe's poems.
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A familiar for poetry<3- I'll be sure to plot something nice for your event Imp.

erm .e cackles?

Also-do the below have to be included word for word? -as in Poe's phrases. Or does the writing simply need to have a scene, reference,alliteration blah blah?

"tapping at my chamber door" - a scene or setting.

"Perched upon a bust of Pallas" - reference to an ingame item.

"While I nodded, nearly napping," - alliteration.

"still is sitting, still is sitting" - repetition.

"sorrow for the lost Lenore" - emotion
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A familiar for poetry<3- I'll be sure to plot something nice for your event Imp.

erm .e cackles?

Also-do the below have to be included word for word? -as in Poe's phrases. Or does the writing simply need to have a scene, reference,alliteration blah blah?

"tapping at my chamber door" - a scene or setting.

"Perched upon a bust of Pallas" - reference to an ingame item.

"While I nodded, nearly napping," - alliteration.

"still is sitting, still is sitting" - repetition.

"sorrow for the lost Lenore" - emotion

The latter - I'm just using the quotes as examples. Thanks, I'll update the OP to clarify.

@ Inghild, you can always have a go and see what happens :)
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Our entries have to match Poe's style of poetry (rhyming etc) in The Raven? Or can we go into our style and include the other requirements?
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Our entries have to match Poe's style of poetry (rhyming etc) in The Raven? Or can we go into our style and include the other requirements?


The closer you can get to it the better, but if you are finding it hard, just choose one or two aspects to focus on.

Writing in a completely different style won't disqualify you, but it will affect your score. How that pans out will depend on how amazing the other entries are, so it's a balance you'll have to decide for yourself.

If anyone so desires, I can post a guide to how scoring will be allocated. Would that help?
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Any additional info is always welcome :)
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This event is open to pirates from all production oceans, however, all entries must be in English



Can we use certain words of other languages? For rhyming and rhythm purposes?
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Any additional info is always welcome :)

Basically, judging will be broken down into 3 areas, weighted as follows:

(1) Your poem as its own piece (without reference to Poe's work): 50%
(2) Comparison to Poe's work: 30%
(3) Additional inclusions: 20%

I'll edit this into the OP.

 
Can we use certain words of other languages? For rhyming and rhythm purposes?

Yes. Nonsense too if you like, it gets filed under artistic license :)
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Yay, I have written a poem! :D
I have created images, as to make it look like a response to the letter in the original post, but if it's difficult to read I can repost it as text.
There may be some oddities in my choice of words here and there though, as English is not my native language, but please just file that under “artistic license” also. ;)

And another thing: there are two references that might be pretty obscure (in the 6th and 10th stanzas). If perhaps you don’t recognize them, I’d be happy to point them out and explain.
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ooooh- I love your entry Trochilus!

for not being a native speaker, you captured a fair bit of likeness to Poe's poem :D!

@Imp- does making the entry aesthetically pretty i.e adding awesome pages and scripts and such affect judging? or- is it strictly text- based?
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@ Trochilus: I apologise for being slow to reply, I'm waiting on some information. Using the pictures without adding a text-only copy is fine, it's legible. My only concern is that the images you have used may be too large for the forums, and shrinking them may affect their readability. I'll get back to you once I know more.
 
@Imp- does making the entry aesthetically pretty i.e adding awesome pages and scripts and such affect judging? or- is it strictly text- based?

It's very pretty, but no, it won't affect your score. To be precise, the additional presentation elements will come under technical scoring for punctuation and formatting. Adding arty detail won't add anything to your score. I haven't specified text-only entries in the OP though, so you're welcome to decide for yourself. :)

Note that while it's ok to use pictures for this event, that's only because this time, I don't have to do a word count.
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I am having so much fun with this. It may even be longer than Poe's poem :)

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I've updated the OP to include ship types for second and third: There will be one skeleton class sloop and one vampire class sloop up for grabs.

 
I am having so much fun with this. It may even be longer than Poe's poem :)

Yay!
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Yay, I have written a poem! :D
I have created images, as to make it look like a response to the letter in the original post, but if it's difficult to read I can repost it as text.


Regarding images: As previously stated, jazzing your entry up will NOT be an advantage in judging. Requested image size for the forums is 800x800 or less, and consensus from my judges is that they would universally prefer entries to be text-only. One judge particularly prefers to print a hardcopy out and judge from that, and having several large images interferes both with the forum printable view, and also stops her from copy/pasting the text into a document.

With that in mind, I will request that poems be entered mainly in plain text, with any additional images included as links. If you decide to use images anyway, please at least make sure to include a plain text version with your entry.

To use your example Trochilus, it would be fine to use a slightly smaller 'covering letter' part of your story heading your entry as an image, post the entire poem in plain text, and include links for the other pictures.

I hope I have been clear enough, please let me know if I've confused you and I'll clarify.


 
And another thing: there are two references that might be pretty obscure (in the 6th and 10th stanzas). If perhaps you don?t recognize them, I?d be happy to point them out and explain.

That would be great. Anyone else who would like to add a note at the end of their entry explaining clever references we might have missed is welcome to do so.
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Thank you for the information. In accordance to the judges' wishes I have (after a few tries) edited my post into text-only.
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Thanks for hosting this; I love the competition idea, and watch for my entry in the weeks to come!

A question about the requirements, though: what exactly is meant by "do include the instruction inspired by the quote"? Does it just mean that we should have reference to an in-game item, alliteration, repetition, and emotion in our poem? Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, I just want to clarify the necessary components of the poem =)

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Thanks for hosting this; I love the competition idea, and watch for my entry in the weeks to come!

A question about the requirements, though: what exactly is meant by "do include the instruction inspired by the quote"? Does it just mean that we should have reference to an in-game item, alliteration, repetition, and emotion in our poem? Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, I just want to clarify the necessary components of the poem =)

-Tothemoonn of the Emerald Ocean

Yes: you should include a reference to an in-game item somewhere in your poem, as well as have some alliteration, some repetition and some emotion, somewhere in your piece.

Good luck, I am looking forward to reading more entries :)
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But what rhymes with magpie?? Thinking....thinking.....
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But what rhymes with magpie?? Thinking....thinking.....


Pig sty? Stink eye? Bar fly? The possibilities are endless.

Although I may be tipping my hand here...

I need to get to work on this! Oddly enough, I tried to parody "The Raven" for a Camp Scurvy entry about s'mores earlier this year, with...limited...success LOL. Maybe this time I'll get the meter down.
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LOL@ Bunny - I love you!
I wondered if cow pie had been considered, but I think I like your stink eye better!
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And what rhymes with Clothos? hmm... This is harder than I thought.
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Keep in mind that your POEm need not include Clotho and AtroPOEs as characters, the POEm simply needs to be devoted to them. The only content requirements seem to be the inclusion of a setting (literary, and piratey), alliteration, emotion, reference to an in-game furniture item and repetition in your final POEroduct.

i.e. I'd have a hard time coming up with a nice rhyme for Clotho :/
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And what rhymes with Clothos? hmm... This is harder than I thought.


Mothra's 2nd cousin, twice removed.... Mothos
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And what rhymes with Clothos? hmm... This is harder than I thought.


Mothra's 2nd cousin, twice removed.... Mothos


Thats where the phrase ''Like a Mothos to a Flamos'' comes from.
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Just a reminder that there's only a couple of days left to get entries in :)
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only 7 stanzas left!
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only 7 stanzas left!



Hurry up!! You can do it!
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Just a reminder that there's only a couple of days left to get entries in :)

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!
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