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March We're all poets--duncha know it challenge



Reason and Rhyme Challenge


The Captains are excited to bring you our Poetry Challenge!

Do you have the words of a poet? Do lines of poetry stimulate and excite you? If so, we've got the perfect challenge for you this month.

There are two parts to this challenge. The Quidditch Pitch will accept poetry or limericks. We've also put together some "lines" of poetry for you to choose from when writing your story.

The Rules

1. No word limit for poems or limericks
2. Poetry quotes must be claimed here.
3. All stories must be at least 500 words.
4. All stories, poems, or limericks must meet the submission guidelines of the The Quidditch Pitch.
5. While stories are not subjected to beta services, they should be prebetad.
6. All stories will be due by March 29, 2007 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
7. Voting will open on April 1, 2007.


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.

- "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

- "Dream Within a Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe

I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time,
walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me,
it's just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea,

- "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye" by Leonard Cohen

Because I could not stop for Death --
He kindly stopped for me --
The Carriage held but just Ourselves --
And Immortality.

- "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" by Emily Dickinson

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

- "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

- "The Rainy Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,

- "The Seven Ages of Man" by William Shakespeare

Genius elevates its possessor to ineffable spheres
far above the vulgar world and fills his soul
with regal contempt for the gross and sordid things of earth.

- "Genius" by Mark Twain

A thousand suns will stream on thee,
A thousand moons will quiver;
But not by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

- "A Farewell" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Passion's strength should nerve my arm,
Its ardour stir my life,
Till human force to that dread charm
Should yield and sink in wild alarm,
Like trees to tempest-strife.

- "Passion" by Charlotte Bronte

There was no trembling in my voice,
No blush upon my cheek,
No lustrous sparkle in my eyes,
Of hope or joy to speak;
But O my spirit burned within,
My heart beat thick and fast.

- "A Fragment" by Anne Bronte

I know you live by the seasons
and time is not your enemy,
the clock is silent
I don't weep for you, I weep for me.

- "Rhythm of Life" by Eileen Carney Hulme

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

- "If" by Rudyard Kippling

All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn

- "As The Rain Falls" by C.S. Lewis

What is our life? A play of passion,
Our mirth the music of division,
Our mother's wombs the tiring-houses be,
Where we are dressed for this short comedy.

- "Life" by Sir Walter Raleigh

And lifelong have been reading
Book after book, searching
For wisdom, but bringing
Only my own understanding.

- "Confessions" by Kathleen Raine

When I consider Life and its few years --
A wisp of fog betwixt us and the sun;
A call to battle, and the battle done
Ere the last echo dies within our ears;
A rose choked in the grass; an hour of fears;

- "Tears" by Lizette Woodworth Reese

But only when these three together meet,
As they always incline,
And make one soul the seat,
And favorite retreat,
Of loveliness;

- "Friendship" by Henry David Thoreau

Alas, madam, for stealing of a kiss
Have I so much your mind there offended?
Have I then done so grievously amiss

- "Alas Madam for Stealing a Kiss" by Sir Thomas Wyatt

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe

-"The Jabberwocky" by Lewis Caroll

"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France -
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.

-"The Lobster Quadrille" by Lewis Caroll

Two fairies it was on a still summer day.
Came forth in the woods with the flowers to play.

Flower-guided it was that they came as they ran.
On something that lay in the shape of a man.

The snow must have made the feathery bed.
When this one fell on the sleep of the dead.

When you came on death, did you not come flower-guided
Like the elves in the wood? I remember that I did.

-"Spoils of the Dead" by Robert Frost

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song

-"What if" by Shel Silverstein

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

-"Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden

Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we're together
Love you when we're apart


-"I Will" by Unknown




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