theinkwell poetry challenge | Week 3 - All Writers Welcome

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Welcome to Week 3 of The Ink Well's Summer Poetry Challenge. Each week you will be offered two prompts to start your creativity - you can use either prompt or both; you can include them in your poem or use them to get your thoughts going and see where they take you ... and never mention the prompts in your writing at all!

Everyone who meets the Rules for Entry will:

  • Receive 100% upvote from The Ink Well.
  • Be included in the draw for 500HP delegation for 7 days.
  • Have a chance to be a Show Case Post in future weeks.

Entries that meet the criteria will also be curated for a curie and an ocd vote.
The 500HP delegation and The Showcase Post will be announced seven days after this post pays out.

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How To Enter The Challenge

The Ink Well is about encouraging high quality creative writing. The challenge is open to everyone, whether you are an experienced writer or just starting your writing journey. Every week, there will be two fresh prompts to help you develop your writing skills.

Week 3 Prompts

Option 1: beauty
Option 2: a sorry tale

You can use either prompt - or both - to create a poem. You can include the prompt in your poem, or use it as a jumping off point for your ideas.
The Fiction Challenge has the same prompts as the Poetry Challenge each week.
See all the prompts for the Summer Season.

Rules of Entry

  • your entry must be posted in The Inkwell Community.
  • poetry must be a maximum of twenty lines, excluding the title.
  • include tags: #theinkwell #challenge #poetry.
  • title format: theinkwell poetry challenge | title of your work.
  • post a link in the comments of this post.

Remember, original work only - no plagiarism or re-posts!
Check the Curation Policies and Community Rules before you submit.
The deadline is when this post pays out on Monday 8 June 2020.

What We Are Looking For

The vision for The Ink Well is all about encouraging and rewarding high quality creative writing. We know that everyone has to start somewhere, and that your writing skills improve the more you write. To help you develop those skills, we've set out some categories that you will want to think about.

Poetry is the most complex literary form and spending between four and six hours developing and editing a poem over the course of a week would not be unusual for a well-crafted poem. This is the quality The Ink Well is looking for.

Voice and SettingWho is speaking? Is it one or many voices? Where and when is the poem is set? How does this affect the poem?
Tone and themesWhat mood or emotion does the poem create in the reader? What ideas is the poem expressing? How is that shown?
StructureHas the writer chosen a poetic form? How does the form and rhythm (eg fast and breathless) affect the poem?
StyleThe writer's use of words, imagery, metaphor and simile.
PresentationDoes the presentation and formating enhance the writing?

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, put them in a comment below.

Before We Go

Don't forget to read other people's entries and leave them a comment. The Ink Well will be searching for and tipping good comments!

We're looking forward to reading your poems!

@carolkeen, @jayna, @shanibeer and @stormlight24

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Poetry Inspiration

Childhood by Yahya Hassan

The Danish-Palestinian poet Yahya Hassan was found dead in his apartment on April 30th 2020 at the way too young age of 24. He managed, however, to put an everlasting mark on Danish history of poetry with his immensely popular poems about the rough life growing up in an Aarhus suburb, experiencing extreme pressures both from Danish society and the Muslim community he grew up in. Also, his Palestinian background played a significant role, as this added to the feeling of rootlessness among many of his fellow immigrant youths. (Hopswatch, Youtube, April 2020).

This is @hopswatch's tribute to him. He talks a bit about Yahya Hassan and his life and reads one of Hassan's poems, Childhood, with English sub-titles.

Thanks to @katharsisdrill for letting us know about Yahya Hassan.

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We would like to invite lovers of poetry and short stories to visit The Ink Well, a Hive community started by @raj808 and run by @shanibeer and @stormlight24 with support from moderators @carolkean and @jayna.

It is now possible to follow The Ink Well curation trail on Hive blockchain with Hive.Vote. Simply navigate to the curation trail section and search for theinkwell and our trail will pop up as an option.

If you wish to delegate to @theinkwell and support creative writing on Hive, you can do this from the wallet section in PeakD.

A big thank you for our delegations from: @iamraincrystal @kaelci @riverflows @shanibeer @trucklife-family

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My contribution for the week... Have a great month! Stay safe 😊😊

thank you for your entry :)

@theinkwell, Kindly find my below piece for your reference.

Have a wonderful and blessed time ahead team.

thank you for your entry :)

Welcome team. 🙂

Thank you for your entry :)

When I try to comment from, I can't; so I take the abuse of placing my comment here:

Your text is full of a lot of reflective force about beauty, distancing you from that conception that reduces it to appearance, and propitiating an encounter with its real meaning, which I see in the verses: "you will feel hurt /
until your soul will be filled with dirt." Greetings, @rokhani.

How glad to know you stopping by and support my post. Thank you for adding value.

👉 Hello friends, happy to participate in the Poetry challenge of week 3 📌 , I leave you my participation, greetings and blessings from Venezuela 🇻🇪 ... ✔️

Thank you for your entry :)

Thank you for your entry :)

I can't comment on (I don't know why; not so with With your permission, I'll do it over here.

Nice tone of love, and, particularly, erotic of your poem. The beauty we have in our daily life escapes us sometimes, that's why I especially like the last stanza. Greetings, @jakim7.

Greetings to all participants and to @theinkwell, here is my participation in the challenge of week 3

Thank you for your entry :)

Friends, here is the link to my post in Theinkwell poetry challenge - Week 3:

Thank you for your entry :)

thank you for your entry :)

Please are we to use the prompts in the body of our poems or not?

It is your choice: you can use them if you wish ... or not :)

Awesome. Can I post a poem using the prompt for the week: thorn and the goat? Can't find any poems about it on the community by anyone yet is the challenge on hold? Please reply. Thanks. I'm a newbie so please excuse my 21 questions 😁

Awesome. Can I post a poem using the prompt for the week: thorn and the goat?

Yes, of course: you will need to add a link to your entry in a comment on the challenge post.

There are about twelve entries so far. You can find links to all of them on the challenge post.

Good luck! :)

Thanks. Let me start planning the piece then.