Poetry

(Revised May 2004)

Poetry; Novice

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. For Novice level, a 3x5 card is the minimum required, but more is encouraged. Any discussion beyond listing of the criteria below, on period practice, any conscious compromises or research is encouraged and should receive higher points than simply listing the information. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of entry including some of the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Lists devices and techniques in terms of the conventions of the period.
  • Lists subject, theme, conventions, literary devices, etc. as appropriate to choice of form.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic poem will score best. Judge on appropriateness, consistency and period effect.

  • Form/function—is it a period poem and does it work in a period form.
  • Methods of creation—use of period language, form, literary devices, etc.
  • Materials used—period conventions, sentiments, subjects, as appropriate to form and consistent.
  • Design, style—period meter, rhyme, length, slang, idioms, etc.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, keeping in mind that not all period poems are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—length, subject and theme, including levels of meaning attempted.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—symbolism, allegory, exceeded metaphor, allusion.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—use of period grammar, alliteration, Pennings, puns, double entendre, etc. as appropriate.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—period meter, rhyme, length, slang, idioms, etc.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, based on the following:

  • Effective use of tools, methods, execution—rhythm, balance, flow, sound.
  • Techniques—use of language and vocabulary, including grammar and literary devices.
  • Design: alliteration, allusion, rhyme, meter, etc.
  • Form/Function: application of structure, use of conventions as possible.
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.

Poetry; Intermediate

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Intermediate level documentation should have at least minimal discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion or period practices or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and some discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Some discussion of particular devices and techniques in terms of the conventions of the period, the limits of the form, and the subject matter; some justification for unusual themes or devices; explanations of possible obscurities.
  • Some discussion of subject, theme, conventions, literary devices, etc. as appropriate to choice of form and to social context of specified place and time, using period examples.
  • Research and reference: cites more than one source and one visual or descriptive reference, includes a reference sheet (bibliography) or cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic poem will score best. Judge on appropriateness, consistency and period effect.

  • Form/function—is it a period poem and does it work in a period form.
  • Methods of creation—use of period language, form, literary devices, etc.
  • Materials used—period conventions, sentiments, subjects, as appropriate to form and consistent.
  • Design, style—period meter, rhyme, length, slang, idioms, etc.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind that not all period poems are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—length, subject and theme, including levels of meaning attempted.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—symbolism, allegory, exceeded metaphor, allusion.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—use of period grammar, alliteration, Pennings, puns, double entendre, etc. as appropriate.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—period meter, rhyme, length, slang, idioms, etc.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, based on the following:

  • Effective use of tools, methods, execution—rhythm, balance, flow, sound.
  • Techniques—use of language and vocabulary, including grammar and literary devices.
  • Design: alliteration, allusion, rhyme, meter, etc.
  • Form/Function: application of structure, use of conventions as possible.
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.

Poetry; Advanced

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Advanced level documentation should have a thorough discussion of the components of the item, explains the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools, provides illustrations (if available), references and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of particular devices and techniques in terms of the conventions of the period, the limits of the form, and the subject matter; some justification for unusual themes or devices; explanations of possible obscurities.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of the relationship of subject, theme, conventions, literary devices, etc. as appropriate to choice of form and to social context of specified place and time, using period examples. Explains any deviations or variations from period norms.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references, includes a bibliography and cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Advanced level, keeping in mind any deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents must be plausible and explained. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic poem will score best. Judge on appropriateness, consistency and period effect.

  • Form/function—is it a period poem and does it work in a period form.
  • Methods of creation—use of period language, form, literary devices, etc.
  • Materials used—period conventions, sentiments, subjects, as appropriate to form and consistent.
  • Design, style—period meter, rhyme, length, slang, idioms, etc.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, keeping in mind that not all period poems are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—length, subject and theme, including levels of meaning attempted.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—symbolism, allegory, exceeded metaphor, allusion.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—use of period grammar, alliteration, Pennings, puns, double entendre, etc. as appropriate.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—period meter, rhyme, length, slang, idioms, etc.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, based on the following:

  • Effective use of tools, methods, execution—rhythm, balance, flow, sound.
  • Techniques—use of language and vocabulary, including grammar and literary devices.
  • Design: alliteration, allusion, rhyme, meter, etc.
  • Form/Function: application of structure, use of conventions as possible.
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.