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Group Poem XV

Postby saparris » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:34 am

Group Poem XV will be a poem written in honor of Pope Francis, the newly elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

The poem will be in the form of an Italian sonnet, in deference to Rome. However, instead of the customary iambic pentameter (5 beats per line), we will use iambic heptameter (7 beats per line), being that the number 7 is more "ecclesiastically prophetic.” The poem will consist of 14 lines--8 lines rhyming abbaabba and 6 lines rhyming cdecde.

The title of our poem is “The Vote,” and should tell an imaginary tale of Francis’s election to the office of Pope. Each line must incorporate a word (in bold type) relating the Catholic faith in particular (e.g., cardinal) or to Christianity in general (e.g., cleric).


The Vote

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:42 pm

E'er I put my genius to this, I need explication. You said septameter defined as seven beats per line. Now I am both poetically and mathematically challenged, but I count 13 beats in your example. Did I miscount? Did you mean seven stressors, thus 14 accented beats? Or what do I miss. I got half a line in mind...
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby saparris » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:43 pm

Sorry to confuse you. By "beats per line," I mean stresses. Here's my take on line one, with underlining indicating stress:

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots.
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:05 pm

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:03 pm

I envy those of poetic bent. I read poems and sing them, but I cannot write them. I know this group poem will go well. I prosaically welcome the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
It is dark at night, but the Sun will come up and then we can see.
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby Audiendus » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:59 am

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets.
The Holy See is rife with speculation, deals and threats
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:19 pm

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets.
The Holy See is rife with speculation, deals and threats
And nepotism, murder, bribes, purchase,and stealth, as well placement by kings



(As Perry said, I'm not much for writing them. So I'll
stop, Audie or Saparris: please clean up my contribution.)
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:21 pm

That was Philip, not me. I like what you started. Can you restructure it to end on the seventh beat, now "well," and rhyme it with lots?
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby Audiendus » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:32 pm

Here's my suggestion:

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets.
The Holy See is rife with speculation, deals and threats
And nepotism, power, cash, and dark dogmatic plots

I wrote the above before I saw Perry's latest post.
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:12 pm

Sorry for the confusion,Perry and Philip. I've read many collections about the lives of the popes, and this
poem could go a long time if I contributed to much.

Good job, audi, go for it.
I just wanted some of their nefarious history to get
into it, before the praise, and saintliness, which
will undoubtedly come, as most were holy men.
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby saparris » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:08 pm

The Vote

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets.
The Holy See is rife with speculation, deals and threats
And nepotism, power, cash, and dark dogmatic plots
While we, Christ’s blessed concubines, have unrepentant thoughts
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby gailr » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:33 am

The Vote

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets.
The Holy See is rife with speculation, deals and threats
And nepotism, power, cash, and dark dogmatic plots
While we, Christ’s blessed concubines, have unrepentant thoughts
Watched by Matthew's march of antecedents from lunettes.
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby saparris » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:07 pm

The Vote

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets.
The Holy See is rife with speculation, deals and threats
And nepotism, power, cash, and dark dogmatic plots
While we, Christ’s blessed concubines, have unrepentant thoughts
Watched by Matthew's march of antecedents from lunettes
But, then, no frescoed saint can vex the first of man’s estates


p.s. Half rhymes are permissible

Important note: There was a typo in the directions. The rhyme scheme of the last six lines should be cdecde. I changed this in the directions as well.
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby Audiendus » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:38 pm

The Vote

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets.
The Holy See is rife with speculation, deals and threats
And nepotism, power, cash, and dark dogmatic plots
While we, Christ’s blessed concubines, have unrepentant thoughts
Watched by Matthew's march of antecedents from lunettes
But, then, no frescoed saint can vex the first of man’s estates
God guides our choices, contrary to some unkind reports.
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Re: Group Poem XV

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:53 pm

The Vote

And now it comes to this: we agèd clerics casting lots,
While poperazzi mass outside laying down their bets.
The Holy See is rife with speculation, deals and threats
And nepotism, power, cash, and dark dogmatic plots
While we, Christ’s blessed concubines, have unrepentant thoughts
Watched by Matthew's march of antecedents from lunettes
But, then, no frescoed saint can vex the first of man’s estates
God guides our choices, contrary to some unkind reports.
We Mark the vision of the Grail, the ballot choice in sight
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