The purpose of this challenge is to encourage more people to read and enjoy books of poetry. This years challenge will go through 12/31/2010.
There are four levels of participation:
Couplet: Read 2 books of poetry
Limerick: Read 5 books of poetry, and finish at least one badge
Octave: Read 8 books of poetry, and finish at least two badges
Sonnet: Read 14 books of poetry, and finish two badges, and one expert badge
What is a badge? A badge just means you need to read two books of poetry that are connected in some way: same time period, some subject matter, same form, same author, etc. An expert badge means four books, same constraints. Some possible badges:
Light Verse or Humorous Verse
Folk Poetry/Folk Songs
Epic Poetry / Long Poetry
Ancient Greece and Rome
19th Century American
Age of Reason
If you have another interest not listed here, let us know, we'll add it to the list.
Finally - the Free Verse Option. We know that some people want to read lots of poems from lots of different authors. Because of this, we've set up an equivalency: 20 individual poems = one book of poetry. So, if you WANTED to, for instance, for the couplet level, you could just read 40 individual poems, instead of two books of poems.
Please sign up using the Mr. Linky below. If you could, link to the post where you talk about the challenge that'd be awesome, if not, no big deal! There will be plenty of opportunities to link up to specific reviews as the year goes on.