The Instigator
Chrysippus
Pro (for)
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The Contender
Danielle
Con (against)
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Sonnet Challenge

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Chrysippus
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/8/2010 Category: Arts
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Chrysippus

Pro

There have been many, many "rap battles" on this site; I thought it'd make a nice change to have something more classical.

In this debate, each opponent will attempt to make a sonnet based on his choice of one of four topics his opponent provides. The form is:

abab, cdcd, efef, gg

Ten syllables each line; some leeway in counting is permitted (e.g. "count'd" for "counted"), but if a debater relies too heavily on such tricks the S/G points should e taken away.

In the first round, I ask my opponent to post his list of four topics for my sonnet, but to wait to post his sonnet until the second round.

My list of topics for my opponent:

1. Santa Claus.

2. Libertarianism.

3. The space left behind after a wisdom tooth extraction.

4. Colonization on Mars.

Have fun! Looking forward to a great "debate"!

C.
Danielle

Con

Thanks, Pro! I haven't done a sonnet battle in a long time and though I prefer technical writing I like to push myself to be creative whenever possible. The four topics you may choose from for your sonnet are:

1. Human cloning

2. George W. Bush

3. The Senior Prom

4. Coffee grinds on the bottom of your mug

Thanks and good luck :)
Debate Round No. 1
Chrysippus

Pro

Thanks, Lwerd, for such fun topics! I hoped you might take this debate; now I hope you'll have as much fun with your sonnet as I did with mine :)

Sonnet on the dregs of coffee in my mug.

Trapped within a prison's walls tall-circling,
Grit catching a slice of morning sunlight,
Thin dark liquid lies forgotten, cooling;
Used, now unwanted, bitter and slight.
The cream and sweet froth, drunk quickly, vanish'd;
The coffee itself, no doubt, I enjoyed;
But the last bitter drops left unfinished,
Dregs now drained of coffee, were once employed
To make the same; afterwards unneeded.
Distasteful, gritsome, unwanted mounds,
Too strong to be drunk; thus left unheeded.
My life you may read in these humble grounds:
Flawed, bitter, cold; imperfect, unwanted;
Was useful once, but now discarded.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

C.
Danielle

Con

I had originally started writing about the vast emptiness regarding the hole left behind after a wisdom tooth extraction; however, I didn't save it and alas there's nothing like waiting until the last possible few minutes to submit a piece of creative writing, eh? I chose a different subject in the end so my sonnet could distinguish a different tone than the previous -- hopefully the comic effect is relatively evident at the end here. Thanks, Pro, and good luck :)

== SONNET ==

With urgency of a revolution,
Walls echoing prisms of my young ruse;
Compelled to grapple with a solution,
Of the burdensome, inconvenient truth.
A war of wills with two waring devils,
Perfect rationality on my side;
When they revere our colors we'll revil,
We are the bachelors to freedom's pure bride.
Oh! Summoned are we like moths to a flame;
Invisible chains once made of iron.
Though our futile propositions lay blame--
I've made poisonous claims; ring the siren!
We're never quite free, lied to once again:
Us unfortunate libertarians.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by vardas0antras 6 years ago
vardas0antras
Great poems! Positively I never expected such material from DDO.
Posted by Public_Agenda 6 years ago
Public_Agenda
I can see what you mean now when you say some people vote bomb against you. :(
Posted by Ragaxus 6 years ago
Ragaxus
This is wonderful. I'm staring a debate just like it momentarily.
Posted by Danielle 6 years ago
Danielle
Erick just went around v-bombing all my debates in the past hour.
Posted by beem0r 6 years ago
beem0r
Neither PRO nor CON really went with Iambic Pentameter, which to me is an important part of a sonnet. Writing in a non-structured meter not only made the sonnets less impressive, it also made reading them a bit rougher, perhaps because of my expectation of Iambs.

As far as the content, I enjoyed both of the sonnets. I would have to say that overall, though, I'd side with PRO, simply because I found the grittyness and the subject matter more appealing.
Posted by Chrysippus 6 years ago
Chrysippus
Cool. Thanks, Lwerd; good luck!
Posted by Chrysippus 6 years ago
Chrysippus
I believe I did see one, a long time ago; I just hadn't seen any lately.

Sonnets, you know, are typically on one subject at a time; I wouldn't force anyone to fit all four of those subjects into one sonnet! :) It would be seriously cool, though, if a trifle confusing.

No, those are individual options for my opponent's sonnet. They'll give four options for my sonnet, and we'll start.
Posted by Danielle 6 years ago
Danielle
And btw there have been sonnet challenges before :) I've done some :)
Posted by Danielle 6 years ago
Danielle
Are those 4 topics options for your opponent's first sonnet, or do the sonnets have to be about all 4 things?
Posted by CiRrK 6 years ago
CiRrK
oh jeez....i hated those spaces after my wisdom teeth were extracted...plus the dreaded dry sockets
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