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Rich rhyme –a rhyme using two different words that happen to be homonyms. Homonyms are words which sound alike or are spelt alike but have different meanings. Homonyms can be homophones or homographs.
- raise:raze [raise=lift]; [raze=destroy] –sound alike, different spelling or homophones
- fair:fair (fair=just); (fair=light-coloured)–sound alike, same spelling or homographs
Here’s an example of a rich rhyme by Sheena Jain (Fryme entry)
The old man walks around with a stick
Looking for a postage stamp to stick
On prayers that he keeps light
To reach God at speed of light.
- The rhyme scheme is your choice. It can be AABB, ABAB, ABBA…as long as the rhyming words are homonyms
- Keep the syllable counts in check to enhance the beauty of a rhyming poem
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1. Based on the above definition, write a 16-line rich rhyme.
2. All poems must have a title.
3. Poem/s must be the entrant’s original work and entries must not have been previously published elsewhere. NO PLAGIARISM, please!
4. You may submit up to 2 entries (or any additional as guest entries). Only entries that garnered an average score of 7.5 and above will be considered for winning.
5. The poem would be scored on the basis of an average of the below criterion (out of 10)-
(a) use of the theme (10 Points): Originality and creativity in interpretation and incorporation of the theme are demonstrated.
(b) Emotional Impact (10 Points): The poem evokes emotion and allows for a suspension of disbelief.
(c) Message (10 Points): The poem’s message is unique, fresh, and moving.
(d) Form and Flow (10 Points): The poem is structured in a powerful way on the page.
(e) Use of Language (10 Points): The language employed is mined for maximum expression, word choices are creative and effective, figurative language (metaphor, simile etc.) are fresh and unique.
6. Entries appearing on personal blogs or other platforms before the announcement of results stand disqualified from the event.
7. Send your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject as “Entry for PenMuse-09” in a word document along with your bio in 2-3 lines (in the third person) — need not to send if previously sent, lest you need it updated. You may also submit the cover of your poem (optional).
8. The closing date of the event is July 20, 2019 (Saturday). Results will be announced on July 27, 2019 (Saturday).
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