Debate Rounds (2)
http://www.debate.org..., this debate variant consists of debaters presenting four topic choices for their opponent in the constructive, and then a sonnet written about one of the four topics given by their opponent in the rebuttal.
A sonnet is defined as a poem written in iambic pentameter, and following the rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg.
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1. Existential angst
2. The Coen Brothers
3. lily pads
4. false senses of security
1. power tools
2. albino animals
3. cold medicine
4. cognitive dissonance
Fitzgerald never could have truly known
the awful fallout of his utterance
which praised those who do not bemoan
the prospect of opposed ideas at once.
Sophists in every age, on any day,
would twist the thought to defend their own side;
a contradiction in their words, they say,
is now not folly, but a point of pride.
The author of The Great Gatsby, it seems,
has caused a quite distasteful mess;
the speaker of a nation's greatest dreams
enabled generations of duress.
And so, give this dichotomy a shot:
Fitzgerald's a great author, except not.
Of truth, you whisper softly in my ear,
Of sacred states to reach at your behest.
You urge me I should hold my knowledge dear
And put not shaken faith yet to the test.
Your dogma, baleful, stays my pounding heart
And keeps away the stealthy beasts of night.
For left to chance my fragile psyches start
To glut themselves upon my silent fright.
My strength, within a rotting hymnal found;
My life, my loves, a yoke of sweet duress;
My hopes left cracked and broken on the ground;
All this for truth, the certainty's caress.
Yet if I know your truth is mine to keep,
Then why, o curse-ed night, can I not sleep?
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