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SirLegendary
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Sonnet #18 (Shakespeare) Parody/Originality Contest

Hello, here is a contest where all you have to do is write up a parody of William Shakespeare's Sonnet #18. There are about 154 sonnets written by Shakespeare, and this one is arguably the most popular out of all of them.

There will be no theme as of now, and works will be judged on rhyming patterns, and syllable count, leaving out iambic pentameter (due to it's difficulty and restrictions.) The works will also be judged on it's originality, it can be comedic or as serious and dramatic as you want.

Should the contest be successful, there may or may not be another round.

Sonnet #18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Parody Example

Shall I compare thee to a bale of hay?
Thou art more dusty and far less neat.
Rough winds do toss thy mop about, I'd say,
Which looks far worse than hay a horse would eat.
Sometime thy squinty eye looks into mine
Through stringy, greasy hair that needs be trimm'd,
And ne'er a horse had such a stench as thine,
As though in stagnant sewers thou hast swimm'd.
Thy disgusting image shall not fade;
This my tortured mind and soul doth know.
O, I should love to hit thee with a spade;
And with that blow I hope that thou wouldst go.
So long as I can breathe, my eyes can see,
And I can run, I'll stay away from thee...

Parody Template

Shall_________________________? -
Thou art more_____________________:
Rough winds ________________________,
And _______________________________:
Sometime too _______________________,
And often is_______________ dimm'd;
And every _____________ sometime declines,
By __________________________, untrimm'd;
But thy _______________ shall not fade
Nor ___________________ thou ow'st;
Nor____________________________,
When ___________________ thou grow'st;
So long _______________ or ________________,
So long ___________, and _____________ to thee.

Note: You need not follow the template exactly, and you may alter some things as much as you want, but try not to stray too far from the Sonnet.

Rules and Closing Date:

- You may post as many entries as you want.
- You may not use inappropriate words.
- You may not plagiarize (I will know. I will check. You will be punished accordingly.)
- Follow general forum rules.
- CLOSING DATE: April 30th 2015 which is more than enough time to write at least one entry.
- Winner will be announced soon after and cannot be negotiated.

Winner's Prize

The winner will receive a 30 Day Membership in AFG+.
I have spoken to Ferret about it, and I believe the prize is set for claim.

Of course, special thanks to @Ferret for the gifting the prize!

Good luck to all participants

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Shoeminor
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Shall I go on with this piece of art? -
Thou art more lost than art itself:
Rough winds blow the canvas edges brisk,
And chip the paint as do myself:
Sometime too often I concur,
And often is all my works, dimm'd;
And every believer sometime declines,
By art,hand or blade, untrimm'd;
But thy true art shall not fade
Nor the delicate touch of the brush thou ow'st;
Nor lost causes or scrapped pieces,
When the long,thin bristles thou grow'st;
So long paintbrush or canvas,
So long the colours, and so long to thee.

Art themed.

SirLegendary
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@Shoeminor I like your idea and whole concept, but the contest is still being judged on syllable count (10 per line), so you may want to edit it, though good job!

@Doombreed, I saw one of your earlier posts, the example on the first page isn't mine.

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Shall I consume thee like endless buffet?
Thou art more savory and delicious:
Rough winds shan't deter me from meals today,
And indulging grubs not so nutritious:
Sometime too greasy the fry of Arby's,
And often is Red Robin's lights are dimm'd;
And all men enjoy burgers from Hardee's,
By luck, perchance thou eats Zaxby's, untrimm'd;
But thy eternal fast food shall not fade
Nor lose appetite from finance thou ow'st;
Nor shall bowels explode like a grenade,
When scorned by heathens of how thou be gross;
So long as men can eat or grease can be,
So long McDonalds, and fast food to thee.

I'm kinda hungry now.

Shoeminor
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Hmmm...

Doombreed
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Here is Saph's second entry, sent to me by email:

Theme: Legend's birthday (but you already know that, don't you? )

Shall I wish thee a very happy day?
Thou hast one more number next to thy name
Rough winds do shake the gifts from Auntie May
And still one Breed of Doom you've yet to tame
Sometimes too Dark the Fire of winter glows
And often Peg is wandered far away
You just escaped the weary winter snows
And cleaned out test unicorns' litter tray
But thy eternal power shall not fade
No lose possesion of thy preciouse clan
Nor Helpo beat you with his flash-game blade
While AP claps you as your bestest fan
As long as clans are formed, or members scheme
So long live you, and your Legen'dry team.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

xerox
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Finished just now c:, cos just now i noticed the contest. I have no idea how to do the syllable count because i dont know the Syllable's in english anyway.

What is AFG + ?

Shall I omit my report on thee?
Thou art more foul and gruesome...
Rough heads dictate like a mother tree,
And spit out lies, act so fulsome:
Sometime too much they decide
And often is just on a whim;
And every their thrall at sometimes decline,
By the hand of absurd task , dark and grim.
But thy true art shall never fade,
Nor should it matter if thou ow'st;
Nothing should matter , just don't be so swayed!
When thou follow a difficult path that's when thou grow'st;
So long and remember my wisdom or thou shall fail!
So long artist, and don't be so frail!

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@xerox nice contribution! Loopin in @SirLegendary just to make sure he sees it

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SirLegendary
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xerox
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Thou have been very helpfull and i thank thee!

But i prefer the Sushi Cat over this king of coins.

It was indeed fun to see what those words in fact mean. Thou knowe'st those words and so now i do.

(fun that thou means you, thee can stand for many things but usually for something or someone, and 'st is always after Thou)

Saphire24
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Just so you know, I accidentally left those last two lines in the e-mail. (I copied the original poem to get the rhythm right) They aren't part of my entry. Thank you for posting the poem for me @Doombreed

Doombreed
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Ok! I am sure Legend will understand

SirLegendary
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@Saphire24 @Doombreed it's okay, I'm not going to be too strict on the judging

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@xerox, Its Ad Free Gaming+!

Doombreed
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@SirLegendary , as this is now closed according to the OP (closing date is past us now), when can we expect the winner to be announced ?

SirLegendary
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I didn't give a specific date, and all I said was May in the first page, so yes, the contest will be ending soon.

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