Saturday, January 9, 2010

Welcome to the Clover, Bee and Reverie Poetry Challenge!

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
Translated Poetry
Beat Poetry
Ancient Greece and Rome
Asian Poetry
Victorian Poetry
19th Century American
Age of Reason
Contemporary Poetry
Narrative poetry
Prose poetry
Political Poetry
Minority Poetry

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.

NOTE: If you signed up for my VPR Challenge, hosted at Regular Rumination, this is very similar, just with less rules. Feel free to include the books you have read for that challenge for this one. This one also has prettier buttons!

Here are some buttons for the challenge!


  1. Oh, I am absolutely in for this one. Thanks so much for hosting this!

  2. Love this idea. I read so many other things I've gotten out of the habit of reading poetry regularly. Thanks for the reminder. I may participate.

  3. Me too! I need more poetry in my life.

  4. Again, thanks for creating this poetry challenge and lovely buttons, as well. I also just have focused on reading this will be a great way to incorporate more poetry into our lives...

  5. For poetry, I will do anything... even a challenge. :P

  6. I'll probably do the Sonnet level. But I'm not completely sure about the "badges" and "expert badges" and how they work. For example, in February or March I plan on read three different collections of William Blake to compare. But would I need to read another lyricist to be able to have "badge"?

    I do hope to get lots of poetry in this year so thanks for the pretty badges and the organization so I can feel a part of something as I do it!

  7. This is perfect. I love reading poetry but I need reminding to pick the books up. I'm hoping that you might allow me local poets as a badge maybe?

  8. Just found this and am in. Like the comment above of local poets.

  9. @Rebecca: It's really lenient, so don't stress out too much. It just means that the books were connected in some way. So three books by William Blake is a good enough connection for me. Those categories are not mandatory, come up with your own. William Blake sounds like a good category to me ;)

  10. @fleurfisher: Like I told Rebecca, badges are meant to guide, not to dictate. Make your own categories as you see fit and local poets sounds awesome!

  11. This challenge sounds fun and a good way to keep me on task with reading (and writing) poetry again. Thank you so much for hosting it! I'm in!

    Pamela Sweet
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  12. I love your buttons, I love your ideas, I love how you connected them with the ideas of badges. Sign me up, so to speak, because I definitely want to become better acquainted with poetry. I have a Dorothy Parker anthology that's been sitting on my shelf for ages, not to mention a huge book of Basho. It's past time, so thanks for the incentive!

  13. p.s. Now I'm so excited because I've just collected all my poetry books from around the house, and I'm going to put up a post. You're just the impetus I've needed!

  14. As a friend of mine says, "oh joy, oh rapture unforseen!" This is such a lovely idea for a challenge. Do we have to commit to a level right now? And can we read things we have already read?

  15. I'm excited to be joining this, can I do poems from around the world as my expert level? I'll try to get one from 4 different continents.

  16. Just discovered this challenge and am delighted. I do have a couple of questions:

    1. I gather there wouldn't be any problem if I were to choose a couple of poets from the same country (Canada, as it happens) as one way of making a badge?

    2. With something like Spenser's "The Fairie Queene," would reading one of the six books (each of which is relatively self-contained) itself count as reading "a book of poetry"? (Book VI, for instance, runs 128 pages and approximately 4,800 lines.)

    I will be participating at the "Sonnet" level.

  17. Heard about this through Eva. So joining :)

  18. I'm in. I already have two books of Australian poetry checked out of the library for this challenge. That will complete my couplet.


    I'm in...I blame my mother for this reading disease :)

  20. Do books of children's poetry count?

  21. Can we have a War poetry category? I have enough for that badge!

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