Thursday, January 25, 2007

Poetry of Constraint competition

Task: in no more than five verses write a poem mentioning the following birdies in the following order: moorcock, partridge, plover, woodcock, hern, cushat, thrush and linnet.

Also, include a passionate critique of blood sports, a lyrical evocation of nature's sublime riches and one's personal feeling for a bonnie Scottish lass called Peggy. Do not mention haggis.

Winner just in: Robert Burns.

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