A big thank you to all who paid tribute to this month's featured poets with unique emulations
.†As in previous challenges, these are very difficult to judge, and sometimes come down to a simple typo or grammatical error breaking a tie. This month was no different.
As for Ted Hughes in particular, I ( JohnnyBlaze ) personally found his writing style to be quite an uncomfortable challenge. Essentially, you have to study Hughes and his body of work to better understand what each poem means in a single reading. Which is fine in a competition such as this; the more studying of the poet you do on a macro level, the better you comprehend his or her work on a poem by poem basis or micro level. And that's what the Classic Comps are all about - becoming familiar with noteworthy poets who've left their mark on the world.
However, If you are a first time reader unfamiliar with Hughes --- you are going to do a lot of head-scratching, double-take-ing, and re-reading. And perhaps that is his overall appeal --- he created his own private universe of metaphor and symbology; you must birth yourself into it and live by its physics to truly appreciate it and his efforts.
That being said, here are the following winners! First Place
for Examination At The Womb Door (That Little Death)
Congratulations! You get the Tropheee!
Your tribute is so much more rich in depth than the inspiration poem by Hughes, which is a bit taxing until he finally gets to the point.
You made great use of his imagery, but owned it with your unique concept. Primarily because of that, this was the better of your two entries, as your other borrowed heavily on his premise of conscious beings switching bodies. Second Place
for Early Bird
Your first Classic Corner challenge attempt and you delivered an amazingly Hughes-ish entry!
Your choice of inspiration poem "To Paint A Water Lily" has more to say about dragonflies than lilies, which speaks to Nature's ability to propose more than the human mind can ever absorb with all of its goings on. To narrowly focus on one aspect is to miss out on all the rest.
You captured that beautifully by taking us on a tour of the Animal Kingdom in the early hours. Third Place: Calamityofgin
for Considering Snowdrops
It's without a doubt spilling over the rim with the essence of Hughes!
This one time only we are overlooking the lack of title and link to the inspiration poem in your entry's Notes per the guideline requirements. We understand that you may have assumed it wasn't necessary since you included the Hughes poem in your entry. You were initially knocked out of the top three because of this until we agreed upon this one time exception. Honorable Mention
for cherubic politique
Firstly, you braved quite a lengthy, intimidating inspiration poem. Your use of assonance was exceptional!
Secondly, as much as we want you to emulate Hughes's style, your ability to weave metaphors without the use of the word "like" is to be commended. Hughes employs 3 instances of it in the first part of "Skylarks" alone. Once per entire poem is enough because the word rarely if ever is necessary. Hughes abused the hell out of it.
Thirdly and Howeverly, your trademark quirky spacing somewhat detracted from the reading because we know it is nomoth and not Hughes behind the writing.
And a round of applause to everyone else who braved Hughes! PLEASE keep in mind going forward that adherence to the competition guidelines is a sizable factor in the judging of these challenges.
Congratulations to everyone for quality entries; thank you again for honoring the classics. We hope to see you in our latest Classic Corner challenges currently underway as of today:
Ocean Vuong https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/11513/
Gwendolyn Brooks https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/11510/